Toilets are a basic home necessity that also account for up to 30% of your home’s annual water costs. While it’s easy to envision a variety of plumbing upgrades to improve the look and function of your bathrooms, toilets are often overlooked during home updates, especially minor projects. However, the toilet has a significant stylistic impact on the look of your bathroom; these fixtures can also incur wear and tear associated with their heavy daily use, leading to poor performance, leaks, and frequent clogs. Toilet replacement is a simple task that can dramatically improve the appearance and efficiency of your home’s bathrooms after just a single visit from your Chicago plumber.
Your Toilets Were Manufactured More Than a Decade Ago
Over time, manufacturing standards have changed as technology has improved and efforts to conserve water during daily use have become more widespread. As of January 1st, 1994, the Energy Policy Act mandated that all new toilets must use 1.6 gallons of water per flush or less. Prior to this date, the average toilet consumed between 3.5 and seven gallons of water per flush. Despite the fact that this law went into effect more than ten years ago, many toilets that were manufactured prior to 1994 can still be found in homes across the country. This is because, when maintained properly, toilets have a nearly unlimited lifespan. However, just because your pre-1994 toilet still works doesn’t mean it’s the best choice for your home—updating your toilets to basic 1.6-gallon-per-flush models could save you 275,000 gallons of water throughout the lifetime of the new toilet, which translates directly into financial savings without any added effort on your part. Not only will toilet replacement save you water and money, but you’ll also be able to instantly update the appearance of your bathroom. Toilet styles have advanced significantly over time, and toilet replacement offers the opportunity to update the look as well as the function of this vital fixture.
Your Toilets Are Problematic
While many of the most common toilet-related plumbing problems can be easily repaired in a single plumbing visit, there are reasons to consider toilet replacement over repair. Particularly if your toilets are problematic, the time and financial cost of calling your plumber frequently for drain cleaning or toilet repair can add up quickly. If your toilets frequently back up or develop flapper leaks (called a running toilet), it’s time to consider replacing your fixture with a new one. Although toilet replacement is a larger upfront cost that plumbing repair, it will save you money over the long term by not only reducing your home’s water usage, but also by eliminating the cost of frequent plumbing visits to address ongoing or recurring issues. Especially if your toilet’s tank has developed a leak, it’s a sure sign that the fixture is aging past its functional lifetime and could benefit more from replacement than repair.
Is it time for toilet replacement in your Chicago home? Our plumbers are here to help you achieve the bathroom you want with plumbing fixture and toilet replacement so you can take advantage of today’s most stylish and efficient products. You can find out more about toilet replacement, fixture upgrades, and our other plumbing services on our website, where you’ll also discover additional advice, tips, and inspiration on our monthly blog.