Toilets break down and may need to be replaced. The entire process can take anywhere between one and two hours to complete. The average costs for such a repair are under $400. If there are no extensive rooter requirements, you can expect the repair to cost that much. If no underlying problems are discovered, the entire process will take little time.
When does the toilet need to be replaced?
The average toilet’s lifespan is 50 years. Installing a new toilet may be necessary for a number of reasons. If the toilet has to be repaired frequently, it may be time to consider replacing the toilet. While repairing is an option, the costs of the repairs may be the equivalent of replacing the toilet altogether.
Frequent clogging is another sign. If clogging occurs more than once a week, it may be time to consider replacing it altogether. If a toilet has to be flushed multiple times to complete the process, it may be time for the system to be replaced.
If you notice wobbling, you want to call a professional to check it out to make sure that there is no water damage. An excess of mineral deposits is another sign that the toilet should be replaced. The mineral deposits can cause inefficient flow and cause deposits in the inlet holes.
What to expect during the repair process?
There are several stages of repairing the toilet. A complete diagnostic will be performed. The water has to be shut off completely. Materials will have to be transported to complete the repairs.
There will be an installation stage, and post-installation cleanup will be performed. The toilet has to be fitted and securely attached to the water supply. A full test must be performed to assess the drainage performance and determine whether or not rooter services are needed. There may be some demolition that has to be performed.
Replacement versus Upgrades
Significant strides have been made in advancing the eco-friendly technologies used in toilets. Dual-flush toilets allow one to choose one of two options when flushing the toilet.
One set is for liquid waste, and the other is used for flushing solid waste. The liquid choice option uses half the amount of water than the solid flush option. Low flush toilets can potentially save a household 22,000 gallons of water, annually. This equates to $100 in water savings. The standard toilet uses anywhere between 3.5 and 7 gallons. Low flush toilet options use on average 1.6 gallons per flush.
Determining when the best time is to replace a toilet requires paying attention to certain signs. Signs like having to flush the toilet multiple times or frequent clogging are something all homeowners should be mindful of when considering toilet replacement.
It isn’t uncommon for the repair costs to get out of hand, and if that’s the case, then it may be time to replace the toilet altogether. The entire replacement process takes less than two hours if there are no significant plumbing problems that need to be resolved.
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