Every toilet gets clogged now and then, and it’s normal to have to sometimes call your plumber in Portland to address problems like running water or faulty flushing. However, how do you know when you’re literally flushing money down the drain by making repairs when you really should be replacing your toilet? Your plumber is a good source of information when you’re trying to make the decision between repairing and replacing your toilet. If you notice any of these signs, it could mean that it’s time to get a new model.
The clogs keep coming.
Clogs go with the territory when it comes to toilets, and everyone needs to reach for the plunger or call a plumber in order to cope with a clog now and again. When your toilet is getting clogged repeatedly, though, it may be time to replace it. Clogging that increases in frequency can indicate that your toilet is no longer able to flush effectively.
Most people assume that this is a problem that would occur with very old toilets, but relatively recent models can be affected. First-generation low-flow toilets are notorious for clogging. Replacing them cannot only increase your water savings even more but can finally put an end to the annoying clogging.
You’re making repeated repairs.
Any appliance that gets as much use as a toilet is going to require a few service calls over its lifetime, but there comes a time when the cost of making necessary repairs is outweighed by the cost of actually replacing it. If you’re calling your plumber out over and over again, ask him or her if you would be better off investing in a new toilet. In addition to saving you from expensive repairs, you could reap other cost-saving benefits from installing a new toilet, including lower water bills.
Your toilet flushes gallons.
The latest models of low-flow toilets use less than two gallons of water and are considerably less prone to annoying stoppages than older low-flow toilets. If you don’t have a low-flow toilet now, every flush could use three to five gallons of water. The difference between these water guzzlers and new toilets could mean significantly lower water bills and can help you build a greener home.
Are you on the fence about whether to swap your old toilet for a new model? Let our licensed plumbers inspect your troubled toilet and make a recommendation you can trust. Find out more about our range of plumbing services on our website, and get more plumbing maintenance tips on our blog.