There is a time to service and there is a time to repair plumbing fixtures. The only way to know what to do is to have a professional plumber check your problem and advise you on the best course of action. Conventionally, plumbing fixtures refer to exchangeable devices that are connected to an existing plumbing system to deliver and drain away water. Typical plumbing fixtures include bathtubs, bidets, trench drains, sinks, showers, taps, toilets, terminal valves for ice makers, dishwashers and humidifiers. Below is a list of the top five signs it’s time to replace your plumbing fixtures:
- Cracked Porcelain – Toilets usually last forever with proper maintenance and you don’t really have to replace them unless you are remodeling and you want your toilet to fit in the new bathroom décor. Even if you experience leaking, a professional plumber can replace the wax ring seal by the floor without replacing the whole unit. However, there is nothing that you can do if you crack the porcelain. In this case your toilet is completely compromised and you absolutely need to replace it.
- Leaky Faucets – Although most leaking faucets can be easily repaired by replacing one of their internal components, most plumbers and homeowners prefer replacement given the relatively low cost of a new faucet. You can also choose to have your faucet replaced based on aesthetic reasons. Although a tarnished or nicked faucet will continue to do the job it was designed for, it doesn’t look too good and most people choose to replace such fixtures.
- Toilet Upgrade – With water costs rising, upgrading a conventional toilet to a dual flush toilet becomes an appealing changeover. Although your toilet continues to operate within normal parameters, you should know that there are more efficient alternatives on the market as far as water consumption. Sometimes, upgrading is necessary for purely esthetic reasons, such as remodeling. Of course, upgrading your plumbing fixtures when remodeling applies to all other fixtures, including sinks, bidets, showers, and bathtubs.
- Flushing Mechanism Failure – Unfortunately, the flushing mechanism of a toilet contains a lot of moving parts and when these parts wear down or break, it becomes difficult to repair. You will need to replace the internals of the tank. A failing flushing mechanism may cause your toilet to run continuously and consume a lot more water, as well it may cause the toilet to stop flushing. Check with your plumbing expert to see your options.
- Broken Shower Hoses – One of the plumbing fixtures that are most exposed to wear and tear is the shower hose. Not all people keep it there in one place. Many pull it up and down several times a day which makes the shower hose prone to rupturing or breaking. In such cases, you need to completely replace it with a new one. Many times, that means you will need to replace the entire shower system, except for the wall mounted components.
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