Although the toilet is essential in a home, Many times it’s the appliance most forgotten. That is until it breaks. Check out 4 Signs You Need a New Toilet.
Out of all the household appliances and fittings that we think about replacing – the oven, the fridge, sofas, TVs, windows and doors, for example – the toilet seems to be way down on most people’s priority lists.
Realistically, the toilet doesn’t really see that much action – most people are on and off pretty quickly, so you’d be forgiven for thinking that the average toilet will last for ever. It won’t, though. Even if you’re a dedicated polisher of porcelain, after years of tireless service, something in or around your toilet will give. Here are four giveaways that tell you it’s time to replace your loo with one of the toilets from betterbathrooms.
It’s getting blocked a lot
Of course, every toilet gets blocked every now and again, especially if you have young children who always over-estimate the amount of paper they need to use. However, if blockages seem to be happening more frequently and there’s no obvious reason, this could be a sign that the pipes are starting to fail.
There’s a crack or two in the porcelain
Most toilets are made from porcelain and while it’s a durable material, it can crack. If you have developed a crack in the bowl, you really shouldn’t be using your toilet. This is because the crack could suddenly widen and the toilet could fall apart when you’re on it and because the crack may be allowing toilet water to leak into your floor.
If you can feel dampness in the floor around the toilet, this could be, essentially, untreated sewage, which presents health hazards. Feel the floor under and around your toilet and if there is dampness, you need to act immediately (don’t forget to wash your hands).
The toilet leaks internally
Leaks that let toilet water out of the system and into your home are certainly problematic, but a more common issue is internal leaks. These don’t present a health hazard, but they do waste water and if you’re on a water meter, you could end up spending a fortune. If you can hear water trickling or hissing long after you’ve flushed, the cistern could be leaking into the bowl.
Sometimes the leak is so slight you can’t hear it well, so a good trick is to put some food colouring into the cistern, replace the lid and wait for a few minutes. If the water in the bowl develops even a hint of a tint, you have a leak and it may be time to upgrade. Sometimes you just need a new stop-cock, but equally, sometimes the whole thing has to go.
You know how old your toilet actually is
If your toilet has been in constant use since the Winter of Discontent, then it’s time for it to go! Not just because it’s old and decrepit and could fail at any moment, but because you are probably using too much water with each flush. Older toilets didn’t think about conserving water, but newer ones are designed to use less water, especially the dual flush models. You know it makes sense.