How long should a toilet last?
The answer to that question depends on who you ask. One common answer offered is 50 years, offered by many home inspection agencies. Some experts advise that a toilet should last at least 100 years. The National Association of Home Builders believes that toilets can last indefinitely.
What we’re talking about here is the actual structure of the toilet: the bowl and the tank. Most toilets never make it to the age of 50 because the internal mechanisms of the toilet need to be replaced before then.
Fill valves, flappers, and supply lines may need to be replaced every 5 years to maintain proper functionality.
How to Increase the Lifespan of a Toilet?
Regularly cleaning a toilet with non-abrasive cleaning agents is one of the best ways to extend the life of a toilet. The porcelain surface of the toilet is very susceptible to scratching. Make sure your cleaning equipment gets thrown away whenever you see metal components that are no longer covered. Never use steel wool or caustic cleaners on the toilet.
You can also increase the lifespan of a toilet by not leaning against the tank or the bowl. The seal between the tank and bowl will prematurely degrade when unexpected pressure is placed upon it, which can lead to leaking and other toilet problems. Don’t stand on a toilet lid or sit on a toilet tank.
Some people use cleaning tablets in the toilet tank to remove scale, mold, and grime. This isn’t a good idea because the chemicals can weaken the internal components of the toilet so they prematurely fail.
What Are the Most Common Toilet Problems?
The most common issues for toilet owners are bad fill valves, wax seals, and flappers. These can all cause leaks around the toilet, which can then cause damage to the floor and other structures of the home.
If you’re unsure of how to make a toilet repair, a qualified plumber can help you extend the life expectancy of the unit. Make sure the plumber you choose is licensed, certified, and bonded for the repair work that needs to be completed.
Toilets may be able to last indefinitely, but they need some help to achieve that goal. With proactive maintenance, it can be done.