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Curl Curl Administration Admin Login - Thursday, April 10, 2014

If a toilet is giving you trouble it is easy to conclude that it needs to be replaced. While installing a new toilet can definitely be the best option for a troublesome fixture it is not necessarily the only solution. It could just need a few repairs to solve the problem. The key is to know when to replace a toilet and when to repair it.

This list of repairs can be easily done, but could cost you more money in the long run. Weighing these repair costs versus a new toilet is a smart practice especially if your toilet suffers from any of the other problems listed below. If you are not sure which is the best option your plumbing professional can help better inform you of your options.

  • Recurring clogs - Is your toilet a nuisance because it requires plunging more than once a week? Many of the older low flush toilets require more than once flush most of the time. They are also often plagued with random stoppages. It is not pleasant to have to plunge the toilet on a regular basis. If this is an aggravation for you then it is time to replace your toilet. You don’t even have to give up the water savings since low flush toilets have come a long way and the new line of water savers work much better.
  • A porcelain crack - There are times when hair line cracks develop in the tank or bowl of a toilet. These small cracks can turn into a flood of water at the worst possible time. Porcelain cracks can also be the source of an actively leak. Inspect your tank and bowl for any cracks occasionally when you clean the toilet. If you spot a crack it is always a good idea to replace the toilet before it breaks completely. If the crack is located in the toilet bowl it is not as urgent to replace the toilet, but keep an eye out for leaking water when you flush. An unnoticed leak can lead to a ruined floor over time.
  • Scratches - As the surface of the toilet porcelain gets worn or scratched it will become increasing difficult to keep clean. This is more often the case with an older toilet that has been scrubbed clean many times. If you find yourself cleaning the toilet more and more then it might be time to just buy a new one and rid yourself of some extra maintenance.
To save water - If you do not already have a low flush toilet, saving water may be reason enough to get one. You can save quite a bit on your water bill every year with a flush toilet. A water saving toilet uses less than 3 Litre of water per flush which is considerably less than the old 6 Litre or even a 12 Litre flush toilets. Not only are you helping the environment by saving water, you are helping yourself save money. Utilities are only going to continue to rise so saving on household water usage makes sense.    
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