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Has Your Throne Lost Its Luster?

There is a lot of attention devoted to what we call the wet area of the bathroom. This is the bathing area;  whether it’s a bathtub, shower, or combination of both, we certainly spend lots of time talking about it. It’s an important part of any bathroom for sure, the world would smell a lot worse for the wear without them. But today we are looking at a bathroom fixture that changed the world as we know it. An innovation so game-changing that lack of access to it is still negatively impacting large portions of the developing world. This amazing development is, of course, the toilet.

Yes, the source of so much grade school humour and so-called “impolite” conversation, has had a revolutionary impact on the modern world. The toilet as we know has only been in use since the late 19th century, but there have been countless iterations throughout all of human history, many of which are still in use the world over. This topic can make for an interesting read the next time you are in for a long sit (maybe you are there right now).

But we won’t be diving into the messy history of toilets, sorry for the imagery, we are going to talk about your modern toilet. Specifically what to do when it isn’t feeling quite so modern anymore.  

Like any appliance or home fixture, no matter how current and chic it was at the time of purchase, give it twenty years and it will look more and more out of place as your home’s style and decor changes around it. This can start to cause reluctance to show off your home to guests and even cause you to hate going into the bathroom, something that just can’t be avoided (at least not for very long).

So when should you replace your old toilet? 

You Can’t Stand The Can

It may seem vain or superficial, but when you are dealing with something that you have to interact with daily, appearances matter. Having an old toilet that has persisted as the bathroom has changed around it can be an eyesore that can cause a level of stress every time you retreat into what should be a home’s sanctuary. Sometimes it’s the mint green porcelain that just hasn’t aged well into the 21st century, or maybe it’s the wooden seat and lid that you just never feel come quite as clean as you want.

The surface of even the most beautiful toilet will become worn over years of regular scrubbing. This can lead to scuffing and staining that can cause it to never really look clean. Not to mention hard water stains that can leave nasty streaks through the bowl. Not the best look for your guests or yourself.

Not Enough Flow To Your Flush

Any toilet can become clogged, whether through normal use or maybe a curious little mind wanted to see if a full roll of toilet paper could be sent spiralling down that mysterious hole. But if your toilet is aged and clogging more often that you would expect, that a big problem.

A clogged toilet could be the result of a plumbing issue further along the journey from the toilet to the sewer or septic, but backups can happen closer to the source in an old toilet. Unless you like plunging and splashing, you may want to replace it.  

Does your old toilet clog constantly?
Might be time to replace it. 

Too Much Flow To Your Flush

Older toilets weren’t made with water conservation in mind. Today we better understand the danger in needlessly wasting a precious resource so often taken for granted. Today’s toilets use as little as half the amount of water per flush as their antiquated counterparts. Many come with the option of a dual flush handle. A lower flow flush for liquid waste and a higher flow flush for solid waste.

Not only does this have a lasting benefit to our community’s infrastructure and the long-term conservation effort for future generations, it saves you money on your water bill. It’s a win-win situation.

Old toilets use more water than needed.

Swap it out for a more water efficient model

Your Toilet Is More Repair Than Reprise

If your toilet is always in need of repairs; a broken chain, a loose seat, a torn flapper, then it might be worth your while to replace the whole thing and not have to worry about all the little pieces.

Most concerning though is if you notice a crack in the porcelain. Even the smallest crack could be causing an unnoticed but damaging leak. And worse still, that tiny split could spread in an instant resulting in a sudden flood of hopefully unused toilet water. If you notice a crack of any kind it’s a good idea to replace your toilet as soon as you can.

An old toilet that always need repairing might not be worth hanging on to.

If you feel like your toilet is ready for retirement, and you would like to get a new one as part of your bathroom renovation give us a call or book an in-home or showroom appointment online. Some people tell us we’ve got potty mouths, I think they mean we can talk toilets all day.

Choosing The Right Toilet

The world of Bathroom toilet design has become huge. Toilets are no longer boring looking or being hidden in a corner. They’ve become another Bathroom Design feature. Selecting the correct toilet can be overwhelming so I decided to condense what I have learned in some easy steps to help others select the best toilet to meet their needs in way of functionality and Aesthetics.

1)    Color: White never goes out of style so it’s always a safe choice, keep in mind re-sale. Your color choice may not be to someone else’s  liking.

Also, other colors or graphics can be more expensive.

2)    Style: Do you want to convey a look that’s contemporary, traditional, casual or formal?  All these styles do not affect functionality.

3)   Toilet bowl shape:  Regarding the toilet bowls shape, you can choose an elongated shape or a round one. The round front tends to be two inches shorter, and works well for smaller spaces. The larger elongated front is more comfortable and sanitary, since there is less drip on the toilet.

4)   Size:  Toilets come in many different lengths, widths and heights .Be certain to measure the space available for the toilet to ensure a comfortable fit. Also, you must consider the rough-in space, which is how far the center of the toilet bowl is from the finished wall, since this limits the size of the toilet you can install.

 5)  Toilet trap way’s size: The trap way is the part of the toilet that water and waste exit. The minimum standard size is designed to accommodate waste of up to a 1 ½ inch diameter. The larger the trap way, the less likely clogging will be.


6).   The flushing system: Gravity or pressure:

  • Gravity-fed toilets work the old-fashioned (and most reliable) way. Upon flushing, water goes from the tank into the bowl (by means of reliable gravity). When enough water builds up, the weight forces everything through the S-shaped trap way, at which point a siphoning action takes over and finishes the job.
  • Pressure-assist tanks are completely sealed and rest inside the toilet housing. When the tanks fill with water, the trapped air gets compressed. The pressure-assist results in a more efficient flush. A more efficient flush means that the water surface in the bowl can be larger. And a larger water surface means less frequent cleaning. The potential drawbacks are that pressure-assisted tanks are louder and sometimes tougher to repair than conventional gravity models.

7). Toilet Types: 1 or 2 piece toilets or Wall Mounted:

  • Typically, you will find the more inexpensive toilet to be the two piece toilet, with the bowl and tank being two separate connected pieces.
  • A one piece toilet connects five to six parts into one seamless looking piece. These have a bit more style to them (with a correspondingly more expensive price tag), and need less space and are easier to clean.

The wall mounted toilet Mounts to wall and eliminates need for toilet foot or base. The wall mount toilet cost more to purchase and install, is great for transfers from wheelchair or walker, requires thicker wall for mounting, drain for toilet must be on wall rather than floor and are easy to clean underneath

8) Toilet Seats: That’s correct, not all toilets come with a toilet seat!

Toilet seats do not  come in sizes, but they do come in two different shapes: round toilet seats and elongated toilet seats, each of which correspond to two different toilet bowl shapes. Round toilet seats are still the standard in most homes, and they’re the toilet seats you typically see most often. Elongated toilet seats are becoming more popular, and they have a long oval shape. Before you begin shopping for toilet seats, find out if you have a round or elongated toilet bowl so you can shop accordingly.

  • Pick a mount type. Decide whether you want a conventional bolt-and-nut mount or an integral bolt and nut. While they look better in the beginning, integral bolt-and-nut mounts can be very frustrating when they need to be removed, as the nut must be drilled out to remove the seat. Conventional bolt-and-nut mounts are easier to use and still the standard for most toilet seats.
  • Choose a material. Decide whether you want plastic, wood or a cushioned seat. Most toilet seats are made of high-impact plastic or a plastic coating over composite wood. Plastic seats are available in white, black and several pastel colors. Plastic toilet seats can be very cold in winter and also in summer when central air is running, and they are more likely to split and tend to show marks from cleaning. Natural wood is warmer, but it can be stained or damaged by many toilet bowl cleaners. Cushioned seats are nice and soft but tend to crack and split over time. If warmth is a big concern, consider buying a heated toilet seat.
  • Think about padding. Soft toilet seats are more comfortable for people recovering from surgery or childbirth, but they can make transfers to and from wheelchairs or shower benches more difficult. Firmer seats are better for transfers. Some people prefer soft toilet seats over the standard hard ones simply because they find padded toilet seats to be more comfortable and warmer than regular toilet seats.
  • Choose a style. Toilet seats are made in a wide array of styles, so whether your bathroom is sleek and modern or comfy and traditional, you can find the perfect seat for your toilet.

9). Maintenance features: Some toilets have features designed to make it easier to take care of them. For instance, Toto, an innovative Japanese manufacturer, has Sana Gloss, a ceramic glaze which prevents bacteria and mould build-up, making the toilet easy to clean. American Standard has its Easy Clean feature. The designers at Kohler have come up with an insulated liner that prevents moisture from condensation on the toilet tanks outside.

 10). Unique Luxury toilet features: High end toilets may come with heated     seats, warm air drying systems and built-in bidets, such as the Toto Washlets. Kohler Comfort Height toilets have a higher seat, making sitting down and standing easier.



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