Toilets get a lot of use in the average household and toilet replacement is a frequent homeowner expense. Repairing a damaged or outmoded toilet isn’t usually the most efficient option. Federal standards now require toilets that consume much less water per flush than your existing model probably uses. Toilets manufactured and installed prior to 1992 can be assumed to use no less than 5 gallons-per-flush (GPF) and many use as much as 7 GPF.
Toilets are heavy, securely installed and require connection to an active water supply line. In most cases, toilet replacement isn’t a recommended DIY project and should be left to a professional with the expertise and specialized tools to do the job right.
Here are five reasons why you might want to hire a handyman to upgrade your toilet now:
- Breakage and leaks – When the porcelain bowl or tank leak from cracks or other damage, toilet replacement is generally the only viable permanent option. Ongoing leakage may cause severe damage to the flooring and wooden structure of the home, requiring expensive repair.
- Excess water use – New low-flush toilets are required to use no more than 1.6 gallons per flush (gpf). Some high-efficiency models consume as little as 1.28 gpf, cutting toilet water consumption by as much as 75 percent.
- Aesthetics – If you’ve changed the design or color scheme in your bathroom, that old-school ’80s toilet may clash with your new decor.
- Defective components – If interior mechanism like fill valves, floats and handles are worn out or corroded, consider the cost of individual replacement versus simply upgrading to a new toilet.
- Renovation or floor replacement – If you’re considering a major bathroom rehab, you’ll have to pull the old toilet anyway. Istead of reinstalling the low-efficiency, water-wasting model, now may be the most convenient time to upgrade to a more efficient money-saving toilet.
Ready for a toilet replacement? For information on scheduling a professional handyman to get the job done, contact Apollo Home Heating, Cooling and Plumbing.
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