As one of the most basic and important plumbing fixtures in your San Antonio home, the toilet is easy to take for granted. In fact, thanks to their durable and simple construction, toilets don’t tend to have many problems. Consequently, they don’t have to be replaced very often. In some cases, though, it does make sense to replace your toilet so you can maintain trouble-free and efficient operation. Having repaired and replaced thousands of toilets through the years, the professionals at Beyer Plumbing in San Antonio are ready to help you determine if your toilet needs to be replaced or not.
Your Toilet Doesn’t Drain as Fast as It Once Did
To completely eliminate the waste in the bowl, toilets have a large drain opening. Therefore, even in less-than-ideal conditions, it can take a long time to clog this opening. However, there may be times when you notice that your toilet isn’t draining as fast as it used to.
In some cases, this could be caused by a clogged toilet drain opening due to a buildup of mineral deposits. 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 or call in a competent plumber.
The Toilet Is Leaking
Most of the time, a toilet leak is caused by the toilet’s mechanical components instead of by the toilet itself. However, cracks can form in the porcelain, and these can eventually allow water to seep out of your toilet. If the toilet has been exposed to excess forces from a dropping 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
Whether someone is sitting on it or not, a toilet should be level. However, if you notice your toilet is tilting in one direction or the other when you sit down to heed nature’s call, it could be a sign that it’s time for a new one. A tilting toilet typically occurs when the holes for the anchor bolts become enlarged. At that point, the toilet can move.
This happens most often if the toilet was initially installed incorrectly. It can also happen if the bolts shrink due to lost 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.
You’re Dissatisfied With Your Water Bill
After several years of generally paying the same water bill every month, you might be inclined to think that there’s nothing you can do to lower it. However, you’d be surprised at just how much water you can save by simply replacing your toilet.
This is especially true 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 prior to having your toilet replaced, you can put a brick or something equivalent in the tank to help displace some of the water being utilized. Filling your toilet will then require less water.
When It’s Time for a New Look
Although the basic function of toilets hasn’t changed in a long time, their look and features change fairly frequently. Renovating your bathroom presents an excellent opportunity to update your fixtures. Toilets with softer lines and different tank shapes can accentuate the decor in a bathroom. Of course, modern features in a toilet are at least as important as its appearance. You might also wish to consider related accessories.
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 choices.
The Finish 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, rather than receiving scratches on the exterior, your toilet may 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 bet to get rid of them.
You Want 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
At Beyer Plumbing, we stand ready to help you with your San Antonio home’s plumbing needs. We can install new toilets, to be sure, but we can also install tankless water heaters, water softeners and water quality systems. Plus, we can repair and unclog drains, install plumbing in new homes and work on commercial applications.
If you’re experiencing a problem with your plumbing, you know just the team to call. In business for over 40 years, 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.