When to Replace Your Toilet

If your toilet is overflowing, you don’t necessarily need to replace it. However, if you are considering a new toilet, here are six different reasons that often make home owners decide to invest in a new toilet.

  1. Toilet Leaks
    Toilets can link from the tank (the top unit that you don’t usually look into) or from the bowl.  These leaks can damage the floor, subfloor, or rooms beneath the bathroom.  Sometimes these leaks undetected for a long time.  So if you see buckling or warping in the floor around the toilet, this is probably a good time to think about calling Henry Plumbing and possibly thinking about a new toilet.
  2. Toilet Uses a Lot of Water
    Toilets manufactured before 1980 can use up to 7 gallons of water per flush.  The Energy Policy Act of 1992 mandated that toilets use no more than 1.6 gallons of water per flush (source:   A new toilet can literally save thousands of gallons of water a year.
  3. Your Toilet’s Ugly
    I know it’s cruel to say, but some commodes have really got to go (sorry, couldn’t resist the pun).  It’s a bit amazing the sheer variety of colors and designs available in toilets.  You don’t really need to live with an ugly fixture forever.
  4. Toilet is Uncomfortable
    Toilets come in a variety of sizes, heights, and diameters.  If your toilet is uncomfortable, you can almost certainly find a better fit.
  5. Replacement Parts are Hard to Find
    Sometimes something simple like a “flush handle” breaks, and it can be hard to find one that matches the existing commode, or even one that fits.  This can be a good reason to get a new commode.
  6. Planning to Replace Bathroom Flooring
    If you’re replacing bathroom flooring, your toilet will probably have to be removed during the process.  Now is a good time to replace the toilet at the same time since you are already paying to uninstall and re-install the toilet.

Replacing a toilet does not need to be a tremendous investment, but it can make a big difference in the enjoyment and economy of your home.

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