Very rarely will we replace a plumbing appliance or fixture before it finally breaks for good. We see the signs such as a water heater that shows rust, or it does not sound right. You know in your mind that the heater is old, but you keep your fingers crossed hoping to squeeze another year out of it. How about those old water sucking toilets? If you’re not careful, they will outlive you. We all want to want to get the most out of our plumbing appliances and fixtures. With that said, there is a point where you get diminishing returns on old plumbing appliances and fixtures.
Toilets Can Last 100 Years, When Do I Replace Them?
Let’s start with our toilet, how long will they last and when do I replace them? Unless a toilet cracked or is leaking, you’d never have to replace it. In fact, a study completed by the National Association of Home Builders said your toilet could last 100 years and longer. The parts in the toilet will need to replaced every few years to keep it functioning correctly, but other than that, a toilet could last forever.
Here is the reality check; the new toilets maximum water usage is 1.6 gallons of water per flush, old toilets can use 3.5 gallons per flush or more. A family of four can save $110 a year in water usage and $2,200 over the life of the toilet. Toilets marked with the WaterSense Label use 20 to 60 percent less water. The average cost of a toilet is $100 to 350 dollars. In other words, change your toilets and save money.
Your Water Heater Expectancy Is 10 – 15 Years
Our water heaters are next on the list. When is it time to replace our water heater? Since water heaters cost so much more than replacing a toilet, convincing you to replace it before it completely breaks down may be difficult, but I’ll give it my best shot. Your water heater expectancy is 10 – 15 years and those numbers are very reliable. If your water heater is old and in bad shape, then replace it.
According to the EnergyStar®, a gas storage water heater marked with the EnergyStar label can save a four-person family hundreds of dollars over the lifetime of the product because it uses 10 percent less energy. Additionally, some California utility companies are offering $100 – $200 in rebates on tankless water heaters as well as storage tank heaters. EnergyStar is a voluntary program put on by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with the purpose of protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency.
Call Big B’s Plumbing Today!
If you need a new toilet or water heater, call the plumbing pros at Big B’s Plumbing. We have you covered with free estimates and emergency services 24 hours a day 365 days a year.