Time To Say Goodbye To Your 1980s Toilet

If you have been sitting on the same bathroom throne since the 1980′s or longer, it may be time to consider replacing your toilet, even if it works well.  If your toilet works well, the decision may come down to what makes the most financial sense. If you’re debating whether or not you really want to go to the trouble of putting in a new toilet, there are a few reason why you should replace your vintage throne with a modern one.

Toto Old Toilet Time To Say Goodbye To Your 1980s Toilet

If you are doing a bathroom makeover, and the look of your bathroom is changing from the floors to the walls, it can be the perfect time to install a new toilet. To put in new flooring you are going to have to uninstall the toilet in the first place, and the money you save with a more modern toilet will justify the price you pay for it.

As well, newer toilets might be slightly different shape or size at the base which could cause all that work you did to install new flooring go to waste if you replace that old toilet after you replace the flooring.

Before 1994 there was a federal mandate that toilets had to meet an efficiency quota of using 3.4 gallons of water per flush.  I am advised that toilets made after 1994 have a federal requirement that requires them to flush with the use of just 1.6 gallons per flush.  Replacing your 1980′s toilet can cut your water cost by up to 60% a year.  If you choose to install a dual flush toilet like these Toto toilets, you can save even more money.  A dual flush toilet has a lever for liquid waste and a lever for solid waste.  The amount of water used to flush liquid waste is a mere 0.8 gallons!   A dual flush toilet can conserve between 6000 and 7000 gallons of water per year. If the money savings in that equation don’t convince you to replace your old toilet, I don’t what will!

I’ve not had good experiences with installing those dual flush kits that one can buy at your local hardware store. Some of them did not fit the old toilets I had in my houses.

If you are not in the process of re-doing your bathroom, you may need to be more convinced before you spend hundreds of dollars in replacing your bathroom’s toilet.  A small repair every once in a while may not be enough of a reason for you to get a new toilet, but if you find that you have several things going wrong, or even if there is a small leak, repairs can get costly. Combine those costs with the amount of money you are spending on your water bill each month and it makes financial sense to get rid of your old toilet and replace it with a newer model.

On the other hand, keep on the look out for sales. Toilets are always it seems going on sale at both local and big box home improvement retailers. And, it is pretty common for municipalities to arrange with local retailer locations to offer rebates on sales of water saving toilets every now and again too!  Be a smart shopper.

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