On our thorough home inspections, we check everything to make sure it’s working correctly. But what about you as the homeowner? Are there any areas of your home that you can check yourself to make sure they are working well? One area that is good to have a periodic check of are the toilets in the home. Think about it, we use them constantly but hardly give them a second thought, however, we would be in utter chaos and misery if they broke so it’s worth taking a few minutes to maintain them.
While they may seem simple, toilets are reasonably complex in their design. Every part needs to work for the proper functioning of the toilet. So, what are some things you can check? First, have a good look at the toilet bowl and check for damage such as chips and cracks in the porcelain. If a home inspector finds this type of damage, it will be noted as a defective toilet.
Another very simple test to perform is to flush each toilet in the house and observe the amount of time it takes for the system to fill back up again. If it seems to be taking a long time, there may be some fault that needs addressing. The same can be said if the toilet seems to take longer than normal to flush also.
A common issue with toilets is water constantly running. It might be something you’ve become used to but this can cause damage and cost you money, especially if you have a private well, as damage could be caused to the pump as well as the wasting of water.
Regular home maintenance is the key to saving money later on. Seeing that the average person uses the toilet approximately 2500 times a year, we can see why regular maintenance of the toilets in our house is so important
George Adair, Certified Professional Home Inspector
I provide a wide range of home inspection and home inspection related services in the following areas of southern Manitoba: Winnipeg, Selkirk , Lockport,Steinbach,
Stony Mountain, Elie, Rosser, Lorette Sanford, East St. Paul, West St. Paul, Oak Bank,
Oak Bluff, Landmark,
St. Anne, Saint Andrews,
La Salle, Richer, Niverville and Warren.
Our extended area also includes: Lac Du Bonnet, Beausejour, Libeau, Gimli, Pinawa, Falcon Beach, Winnipeg Beach, Grand Marais, Saint Laurent, and Pine Falls