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Damien McCusker, Manager of Arpi's residential service division, has been working in the HVAC industry for 16 years and has hands-on experience in new home installations, furnace and air conditioner replacements, sales and residential service. He spends most of his spare time being an UBER driver, driving his kids to soccer practice and games.

Replacing a Toilet: When Is the Right Time?

Phil Laprairie

Replacing a Toilet: When Is the Right Time?If there’s a life preserver in your bathroom because of the number of times your toilet has overflowed, this is an obvious sign it’s in need of being replaced. However, your toilet may be giving you other, more subtle signs it is ready for retirement. There are several reasons to consider replacing a toilet:

Recurring clogs
Older, low-flush toilet technology has a tendency to clog and often requires multiple flushes to remove waste. If you plunge more than once a week it is advisable to simply replace your toilet and save yourself any further aggravation.

Leaks
Hairline cracks in the tank or bowl often go unnoticed, resulting in small leaks and eventually large floods that can seriously damage your home. Cracks usually indicate a good time for replacing a toilet before damage can occur.

Numerous repairs
If your repair list includes every part on your toilet save the bowl, you may want to put off repairing in favor of replacing a toilet. While the parts may cost less it will save you in the long run on time, headaches and water expenses to simply replace.

Saving water
Saving water with a low flush toilet is often reason enough for replacement as these toilets use 4-19 liters less per flush than older models. This not only helps the environment, but saves you quite a bit yearly on water costs. Check under the tank’s lid to determine age as pre-1980 toilets can use more than 26 liters per flush compared to 6 liters maximum for modern toilets.

Comfort
Toilets that are too high, low, wide or narrow can be very uncomfortable to sit on. Don’t forget to put comfort on your list of considerations.

Cosmetic issues
Is your toilet an unsightly mustard yellow from a time best forgotten? Perhaps it has numerous scratches from years of use that make keeping it clean a hassle.

If it is time for replacing a toilet in your home, contact Arpi’s Industries, Ltd. For more than 50 years Arpi’s has been providing award-winning plumbing services to the Calgary area.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Calgary, Alberta about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about replacing a toilet and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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