Did you know that the average person uses the toilet about 2,500 times a year? That’s a lot! It is very easy to take it for granted seeing that mostly everyone has at least one bathroom in their home. It would be very inconvenient then, if our toilet was not in good working order. So how do we check and see if our toilet is working well?
Toilets need every part to function well. They actually have quite a complicated design. Were you aware that if a home inspector sees any damage such as chips in the porcelain, he would need to note it down as a defective toilet? Keep a look out then, for any signs of damage to the toilet.
If you want to test if your toilet is working well, flush each one in the home to see if any are very slow at filling back up. Also, observe it they are taking too much time to flush.
Do you have a problem with the toilet continuously running? Although this doesn’t always seem like a big deal, using that much water in your toilet all the time could end up being very expensive if you have mains water. Even with a private well, your water will just be wasted and damage can be caused to the pump. As you can see in either situation, a running or defective toilet is a problem.
Do you know how much water each toilet flush usually takes? Toilets manufactured since 1994 are restricted to 1.6 gallons of water or less per flush thanks to federal law. That’s still a good deal of water, and not something we usually think about.
Mike McFadden, Certified Master Home Inspector in Orlando, FL