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When Should You Repair or Replace Your Toilet?

When Should You Repair or Replace Your Toilet?

Many people are surprised to learn that they need to replace their toilet. Not because it’s used every day, but because it is one of those things that people tend to think will last forever. While a toilet will last a long time with a minor repair here and there, there are times when you are better off replacing the entire toilet. Watch for these signs that your toilet needs replacing: Your Toilet is Old Age isn’t normally the determining factor when deciding to replace a toilet in your home, but if yours was installed before 1994 regulations regarding the holding capacity of the tank have changed. All toilets sold since that time are required to flush with 1.6 gallons of water or less. With newer toilets, they conserve more water and save you dollars on your water bill. You may be interested in updating to a new dual flush model that has the option of a full flush for solid wastes and a partial flush for liquids. Your Toilet is Cracked If you notice water on the floor under the tank or around the base of the toilet, the tank or bowl may be cracked and will likely get worse with time. While it may seem like a minor problem, even a few drops of water every time you flush the toilet can get under your flooring and cause damage to the wood or may produce mold and mildew. If your toilet bowl or tank is cracked, it is time to invest in a new toilet. Metal Parts are Rusty Rust and corrosion can wreak havoc on your toilet....
The Dual Benefits of a Dual Sink in the Bathroom

The Dual Benefits of a Dual Sink in the Bathroom

While most rooms are filled with decorations and non-functional spaces, nearly every item in a bathroom serves an important purpose and we are in there more frequently than a lot of the rooms in our home. Many residential bathrooms have a single sink for their vanities, but there are those who have already uncovered the benefits to time and money that you’ll get from upgrading to a double sink. To Avoid the Morning Struggle The leading cause of conflict, from a sibling squabble to the start of a silent treatment from your spouse, can be attributed to feeling rushed or crowded during a busy morning. While sink space has never ruined relationships, the stress can start your day off on the wrong foot. You can alleviate the tension before the next shouting match by adding in another sink. Even when a peaceful coexistence between bathroom users exist, adding in an extra sink removes the need to schedule usage and potentially adds more time to get ready before you go to work, school or play. For a busy couple who struggle every day to keep their home and family healthy and happy, a few extra minutes may be a huge help to increase in their amount of free time. To Improve Your Home’s Market Value Dual sinks are more expensive than single sinks, so investing in your bathroom can eventually pay for itself by increasing your home’s market value. Larger sinks with detail artistry and features can add even more to the dollar amount, so you don’t have to feel bad about splurging on the slightly more expensive model. Dual sinks of all kinds tend to be noticed when...
Pedestal or Drop-In Sink: Which Is Right for Your Bathroom?

Pedestal or Drop-In Sink: Which Is Right for Your Bathroom?

The sink is one of the three pillars of the bathroom alongside the tub and the toilet, so it’s understandable if choosing between the many available styles and models can be overwhelming. To make the decision easier, you should start by looking at the sink styles and choosing the one that you think will go best in your bathroom. To start, we will look at two of the most popular options: the pedestal sink and the drop-in sink. The Pedestal Sink Pedestal sinks are stand-alone structures typically consisting of a basin that is supported by a tall, slender column. Because of their small profile, pedestal sinks are an excellent choice for smaller bathrooms where space is at a minimum. The columns are usually decorated, bringing character to your bathroom without consuming any more space. The basins are typically bowl-shaped and don’t have any flat surfaces surrounding them. Installing a pedestal sink is a relatively straightforward process of mounting the sink to the wall and connecting the faucet. Once installed, it can be easier to access the pipes for minor plumbing repairs without any cabinetry interfering with your access compared to drop-in sinks. You can replace the faucets in most pedestal sink models without needing to unbolt the mounts from the wall, so you don’t have to settle for the one that comes with it. The Drop-In Sink Drop-in sinks are set into the countertop of a cabinet, the plumbing hiding underneath and taking up some of the cabinet’s interior space. The countertop provides additional surface area for holding soap, toothbrushes and other bathroom accessories. Like the column of the pedestal...