While toilets can last a long time, there are several key signs that it is time to consider replacing your unit. Common problems that are best addressed with a new toilet includes
If you frequently see a puddle of water around your toilet, this could be more than a simple leak: You could have cracks in your tank, and the toilet may need to be replaced.
Visible Cracks In Your Toilet
This is a visible sign that the toilet is getting older and if you don’t see water around the base, you will eventually have a leak that requires immediate attention.
A toilet that wobbles or rocks is not normal. If your toilet is unsteady, call KC’s 23 1/2 Hour Plumbing right away to evaluate the problem. While it could be a simple matter of tightening some bolts, it could also mean that the floor underneath is damaged or rotting and you’ll need to have it repaired.
Poor Water Efficiency
If you have an older toilet, just flushing it on regular basis may have a negative impact on your utility bill. Toilets manufactured before 1980 can use up to 7 gallons of water with each flush. Under federal guidelines enacted in the 1990s, modern toilets are required to use no more than 1.6 gallons per flush., today the new law is 1.28 gallons per flush, To determining your toilet’s age lift the lid and look for the date stamp.
If you are undergoing a bathroom remodeling project or replacing the flooring, then you will need to replace the toilet as part of the project.
Not all Toilets Are Equal
KC’s 23 1/2 Hour Plumbing has evaluated the various toilet manufacturers and has selected to install Niagara Conservation Stealth or the Gerber Avalanche or Kohler brands in homes that require a new toilet. Niagara Conservation is an industry leader in water conservation, which is prefect for this area considering the drought conditions we have faced.
Innovative and stylish, Niagara’s 0.8 gallon per flush (GPF) ultra high-efficiency toilet (UHET), goes a step beyond the standard water-saving toilets on the market. With its quiet flush, low-profile body and breakthrough patented hydraulic technology, the Stealth has revolutionized the toilet market. It is offered in both round and elongated models and adaptable to fit a standard 12” roughing installation. The Stealth easily replaces your existing toilet, offering superior performance and lowering water usage and utility bills like no other toilet can.
- Ultra-High-Efficiency Flush
- Uses just 0.8 gallons per flush (GPF)
- Extremely quiet flush
- EPA WaterSense labeled
- White vitrous china, Elongated front, 12” rough-in
- One flush thoroughly evacuates the bowl every time—no double flushing
- WaterSense certified
- 1.28 gpf Gravity
- One-piece toilet
- Elongated rim
- 12″ Rough-in
- Large water surface keeps bowl clean
- Fully Glazed Trapway
- Non corrosive solid brass tank-to-bowl bolts
- Double nut, multi-point tank-to-bowl mounting system for easy installation and tank stability
- Non-kinking stainless steel beaded chain
- Chemical resistant silicone flapper
- Dual fed siphon jet
- Color-matched side metal tank lever with brass arm
- Fluidmaster® Fill Valve
- Toilet seat included
- Limited lifetime warranty