The professionals at Beyer Plumbing in San Antonio are ready to help you determine if you need a toilet replacement. Although toilets don’t tend to have many problems thanks to their durable and simple construction, its parts may eventually wear out due to frequent use. This can lead to several complications. Look out for the following warning signs to help you determine if your toilet needs a repair:
Your Toilet is Draining Slowly
There may be times when you notice that your toilet isn’t draining as fast as it used to. The timetable for this to occur varies widely, as it largely depends on the hardness of the water in your home. Under normal conditions, though, you would expect this issue to take at least a decade or more to cause a real problem. Of course, if your toilet is draining slowly, it could simply be due to a clogged pipe. In that case, you need to put your plunger to work to clear the clog. If the issue persists, call in a competent Beyer plumber.
The Toilet Is Leaking
Most of the time, a toilet leak is caused by the toilet’s mechanical components instead of the toilet itself. However, cracks can form in the porcelain, and these can eventually cause a leaking toilet base. If the toilet has been exposed to excess forces from dropping the toilet seat, for example, you could begin to notice cracks after years of constant abuse. A rapid change in temperature is another condition that could cause cracks to form in the porcelain. Depending on where the crack is, you may be able to repair the porcelain, but it’s usually best to replace the entire toilet so you don’t run into problems down the road due to new cracks forming unexpectedly.
You Have a Tilting Toilet
If you notice your toilet is tilting in one direction or the other when you sit down, it could be a sign that it’s time for a new toilet installation. A tilting toilet typically occurs when the holes for the anchor bolts become enlarged. At that point, the toilet becomes wobbly. This usually happens if the toilet was initially installed incorrectly. It can also happen if the bolts shrink due to a loss in mass because of corrosion. In any event, you’ll want to call Beyer Plumbing if you notice this condition. A tilting toilet could eventually come loose from the floor, resulting in a major mess and potential injuries for anyone sitting on it.
Your Toilet is Causing a High Water Bill
You’d be surprised at just how much water you can save with a toilet replacement, especially if your toilet was made prior to 1994. Toilets built before then used anywhere from 3.5 gallons to a whopping 5 gallons per flush. If your toilet was installed before 1982, it could use up to an astonishing 7 gallons per flush. That will really add up, even with just a few flushes in a day. Modern toilets are capped at 1.28 gallons per flush, meaning you could save thousands of gallons of water every year over older models. If you want to try saving some water, and money, consider a new toilet installation.
When It’s Time for a Bath Remodeling
Renovating your bathroom presents an excellent opportunity for a toilet replacement. Toilets with softer lines and different tank shapes can accentuate the decor in a bathroom. Of course, there are also modern toilet features and accessories that are as important as its appearance.
Although accessories like bidets have been slow to catch on in the United States, they are gaining a little traction among consumers. The idea of using less toilet paper and getting a better result is often appealing to people who have previously never even heard of a bidet. Plus, modern bidets include other functions, such as seat warmers, speakers and a whole host of other distractions to help make your bathroom experience more enjoyable. If you want a state-of-the-art toilet that can do it all, you can contact Beyer Plumbing to review your options.
Your Toilet Gets Scratched
Unlike a crack in the porcelain that can cause immediate problems, a scratch in the finish of your toilet is only an aesthetic concern. However, if you want your bathroom to look its best, it’s perfectly acceptable to replace your toilet when it receives a few scratches.
Sometimes, your toilet may also develop scratches on the interior due to something being placed in the bowl that shouldn’t have been. Given the moist environment of a toilet bowl, these scratches are very difficult to repair, meaning that replacement is your best option to get rid of them.
You Want Modern Toilet Options
Many modern toilets are known as “dual-flush” toilets because they feature different flushing options for different types of waste. For liquid waste, you can push one button that uses less water. The option for solid waste dispenses the full amount. Having the ability to customize your flush to your waste allows you to save a lot of water and helps to keep your utility bills under control.
Taking Care of Your Plumbing Problems
If you’re experiencing a problem with your bathroom plumbing, Beyer Plumbing is the team to call. Since 1990, Beyer Plumbing has the experience necessary to take on any job, which is why we’re accredited by the Better Business Bureau and receive five-star customer reviews all the time. To learn more about replacing your toilet in San Antonio, contact us at Beyer Plumbing today.
We can help with needs beyond your San Antonio home’s bathroom! We can also install tankless water heaters, water softeners, water quality systems., and more! Plus, we can repair and unclog drains, install plumbing in new homes and work on commercial applications.