I think I can speak for most of the population when I say we like our uninterrupted toilet time. There once was a poll taken from 2500 people that revealed that an average of 1 hour and 42 minutes a week was spent in the bathroom. It also showed that going to the toilet took up most of that time, that breaks down to 2208 hours or 92 days over a lifetime. In another study, it showed men spent 1 hour and 45 minutes a week on the toilet while women did their duty in just 85 minutes. What that shows is that our toilets are a big part of our quality of life, so we better take care of our toilets.
Keep Your Toilet From Running
Nothing is more irritating than a running toilet; it’s the most common cause of a high water bill. A toilet that runs continuously wastes up to 200 gallons of water per day. The most common cause of your toilet running is the flapper. You’ll know it’s the flapper when it no longer holds a tight seal and water starts to leak into the bowl. All hardware stores and home centers have all the parts you’ll need to stop your toilet from running, and it will never cost more than a few bucks.
Replace That Cracked Ugly Toilet Seat
Most of us are procrastinators, so the wobbly or cracked toilet seat is the last to get replaced. Most of the later model toilet seats are a screw into place using plastic nuts, but the older toilets used a metal nut and bolt for fastening the seat. While it’s easy to replace, the nut can be difficult to remove if corroded. Furthermore, if your toilet seat is secured with a metal nut and bolt, you may have an old model toilet that uses too much water. Think about replacing it with a new one that uses 1.6 gallons per flush.
Is Your Toilet Rocking?
A rocking toilet is something you may experience in an old home. The subfloor may have become warped, or it may not have been installed correctly. Whatever the case, any movement can damage the wax seal. To correct the problem, remove the old caulking, cut plastic shims and fit them under your toilet then tighten the nuts until they’re snug. Lastly, add new caulking around the toilet.
Corroded Flush Handle Or Parts
Most parts on your toilet you can easily replace. Even a novice do-it-yourselfer can replace most parts on a toilet. Another standard part of the toilet that needs replacing is the flush handle. It’s as simple as turning the nut to the left to loosen. Remove the old handle and slide the new one in place and tighten.
Consider a New Toilet
Have you considered getting a new toilet? If your current model is flushing more than 3.5 or more gallons of water, then you’re wasting a significant amount of water. You can save as much as 13,000 gallons of water a year by switching to a WaterSense labeled toilet. The WaterSense program is part of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). For a product to earn the label, it must be independently certified to meet rigorous criteria for both performance and efficiency. A new toilet certified with the WaterSense label would cost less than $200, which is an excellent investment.