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Why You Should Replace Old, Outdated Toilets

Flushing a low flow toilet

Have you noticed your water bill going up recently? Are you tired of spending so much money on utilities every month? By continuing to use your old toilets, you could be literally flushing unnecessary water (and money!). By investing in new, updated toilets throughout your home, you could not only upgrade the look and feel of your bathrooms, but also cut your monthly water use significantly.

Should I Replace My Old Toilet?

While your old toilets may technically do their job, they’re simply not as efficient as newer models. Not to mention if your old toilets start to show their age by cracking, leaking, or clogging, it’s often best to consider replacement rather than repair. The cost of searching for the problem and repairing it tends to be more than replacing the unit outright, especially considering the savings that accompany a new, water-efficient unit over time.

How Do I Know When To Replace My Toilet?

There are some specific signs to look out for to determine whether it’s time to change out your toilet. Consider replacement if you notice:

  • One flush isn’t enough

  • Your toilet wobbles

  • Cracks

  • Leaking

  • Surface damage

  • Mineral deposits

  • Frequent repairs

  • The wax ring is failing

  • Your toilet is over 20 years old

How Do I Know If My Wax Ring Is Bad?

One of the reasons your toilet could be having problems is because of the wax ring, which seals the toilet to the floor and creates a barrier that keeps anything that’s flushed from seeping onto the floor. When the wax ring fails, you may start to notice:

  • Water pooling around the toilet’s base

  • Bad odors

  • Water damage on the floor or ceiling below

At the first sign of a failing wax ring, it’s important to contact the professional plumbers at Pilgrim Plumbing & Heating, Inc. We can respond quickly and work efficiently to find the problem and help you decide between repair or replacement, taking your needs and budget into consideration.

How Can A New Toilet Save Water?

Toilets account for nearly 27% of all water use in a home. That’s more than any other plumbing fixture or water-using appliance! So, it only makes sense to update old and outdated toilets with low flow toilets. Most modern construction already has low flow toilets installed, but older homes, particularly homes built prior to 1994, can have old toilets that use as much as 7 gallons per flush! That is a lot of water that could be saved. While low flow toilets initially struggled to perform, newer versions are not only efficient but effective, with some models offering 2 flush options, one for solid waste and one for liquid waste.

Should I Call A Plumber To Replace My Toilet?

In a word, yes. Professional plumbers like those on our team at Pilgrim Plumbing & Heating, Inc. have years of experience repairing, installing, and replacing toilets. We know what to look for and can tailor our expertise to your unique situation. If you need advice about upgrading your toilets, make Pilgrim Plumbing & Heating, Inc. your first call.

Don’t try to replace your toilet yourself. Contact Pilgrim Plumbing & Heating, Inc. at (781) 253-2055 today to learn more about how your toilets affect your utility bill as well as your water use.

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