Plumbing fixtures can serve you for many years without replacement. At some point, however, it becomes a bigger issue than just aesthetics. Like other components of your house, you need to maintain fixtures and this may mean replacement.
Here are a few ways to tell if it is time to replace a plumbing fixture in your home.
Buildup that is hard to clean
Over time, your fixtures are exposed to dissolved solids from water. These solids leave behind deposits on your fixtures that can create buildup even if you work hard to clean them regularly. If you notice that build-up is becoming increasingly difficult to remove, it is time to consider replacing the fixture.
High flow rates
Faucets with high flow rates might be convenient for certain uses but overall, it is costing you. Consider swapping out certain high-flow faucets in your home with a low-flow version to conserve water.
The fixture leaks
A leaky faucet can result in higher water bills (leaking money out your pocket) or, in more extreme cases, cause actual water damage (plus the higher bills!). This is an obvious sign for fixture replacement, and you should act on it as soon as possible.
Cracks and chips in fixtures
Your toilet might have a small crack at the base but still seems to stand up to everyday use. Unfortunately, this can turn into a safety hazard if not addressed. Fixtures with integrity issues can cause injury or damage to your home if they fail. It is important to replace fixtures, especially toilets, as soon as you notice any damage.
Older faucets may contain materials like lead that contaminate your water supply. Low levels can leech over time and even if you haven’t noticed signs of illness in your family, you do not want to wait until something happens before acting on it. If you suspect that your fixtures may contain a toxic material, call in a professional to review. They can put your mind at ease or replace fixtures that are possible safety hazards.
Sometimes it is just time to let go of older fixtures and update your home. Newer fixtures conserve water and are typically less likely to degrade than older technology. You do not have to upgrade your toilet every two years, but if it has been a decade or more, consider replacement to reap the benefits that you did not know you were missing.
If you need help replacing a fixture in your home, or want advice on if replacement is right for you, our technicians are here to help. Give us a call or schedule service online today.