How often should you change your toilet bowl? In my personal opinion, as long as you have a good seal between the water tank and the base of your toilet. You could probably get away with not changing it for at least 5 years! Even though this is my personal opinion, changing the Toilet bowl every 5 years is just because there is a seal between the base and water tank.
It is a question so simple and yet we feel we need to know the answer. The thing we do know as consumers who use toilets as much as we do is that it needs changing at some point in time. Whether that be because something happens or just due to its natural lifespan, knowing how often you should change your toilet bowl is important for all those who seek comfort from the seat below them.
Color of water (indicative of minerals), amount of water used per flush, physical usage, and damage over time. All these can help determine what is best for you and your family to avoid toilet headaches that need not be experienced. Let us look at each of these factors carefully.
When you flush, the leftover bits seep down and over time this will leave a residue called “mineral deposits”, or also known as scale build-up. The more minerals found within your water supply which travels through the interior system of your toilet, the faster those pesky deposits will start to appear.
This is on average for most households and accounts for mineral deposits that tend to show up between 7-12 months after installation of a new toilet bowl; which can be shorter or longer depending on water hardness (mineral content), use (daily vs occasional) and toilet usage (heavy-duty flushing vs moderate).
You can also opt to test the water yourself at home with several brands of test strips on the market. These are usually affordable, easy to use and provide results within seconds.
Knowing how much water your toilet uses per flush is also another deciding factor when considering when your bowl should be changed. If you are currently looking at new units for purchase, this is one of the deciding factors in which will best fit your needs. As much as we prefer to conserve water in our homes, there are times when a lot is needed.
The difference between 1 gallon per flush (GPF) and 6 GPF can mean the difference between thousands over time in water costs if you have multiple toilets in your home or commercial setting.
You can use an online calculator to help determine how much water you need to flush effectively by weighing the number of flushes done each day with how many gallons it took to complete them all. Then divide that number by 8-10 to get an average daily usage for any household. This will help put a value on your toilet and how it affects your water bill each month.
By this we mean; we all know someone who has an older home without much counter space around their lavatory area – thus making it tough for them to find a new bowl that fits their needs perfectly. Though you have options out there to purchase smaller bowls or elongated models, if the bathroom is fairly sized, this should not be an issue at all.
When a person defecates into their toilet, it usually goes through an S-Bend which catches everything so nothing gets stuck to the bottom of your toilet. On the inside of the S-Bend is a little hole where all that stuff that was caught in the S-Bend can go down into your sewage system or septic tank depending on what you have.
Since those things are supposed to directly flow from this little hole into wherever they need to be if anything blocks this hole(such as a tissue that is stuck to the S-Bend. Or if the septic tank or sewage becomes overfilled and starts spilling into your toilet bowl it will go into this hole and block it, preventing everything else from going down.
Once this happens your Toilet won’t be able to flush correctly since it can’t drain all of the water out which means you are putting more work onto your wastewater system(sewage system or septic tank) by trying to flush something that isn’t draining properly. You could end up with an overfilled Toilet which would make the S-bend fill up with yet another gallon of water!
So all in all, replacing your toilet bowl every 5 years just ensures proper drainage for not only you but for everyone.
How Often Should You Change Your Toilet Bowl? You can always switch to pressure-assisted toilets with larger tramways made specifically for residential, commercial, or industrial settings which are designed to allow for a better flushing economy.
These can be installed anywhere and will work quite well under any conditions given the right installation process has been done correctly by an experienced plumber. Toilet bowl replacements are necessary when you feel it is time to do so, but calculate this on average every 3-7 years depending on the variables that are causing concern at your particular location or business operations.