It’s probably one of the most important objects in your home, yet not one you talk about much. You use it every day, and sometimes you have to wait in line for your turn. When it needs to be cleaned, it’s not a chore one looks forward to performing, but when it’s not working correctly you know a repair is a top priority.

Call it a commode, the can, the john, the toilet...the mechanics at Atomic Plumbing will know just what to do when you need us to come check yours. We’ve installed countless new models for homeowners in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, and Chesapeake, and if you think it’s time to replace yours, we can advise you on whether or not it’s more economical to repair the one you have.

If cared for, and cleaned and inspected regularly, a toilet can last for many years, even decades. They are built to last, but it’s important to look for signs that your model is too old or beyond repair to keep. Cracks in the tank and/or bowl, for example, indicate the potential for leaks and eventually a complete breakdown if you ignore them. Minor repairs, such a replacing a flapper or fill valve, can extend the use of your toilet if installed correctly. You may feel confident enough to handle this type of job yourself, but if issues with flushing continue it could be time to tag in a professional to see if a more serious problem lurks.

Keep track of how often you flush, too, as it’s a good indicator of your commode showing its age. Flushing twice at every “go” inspires frustration, but you may see more unpleasant results in your water bill if you don’t own a water-saving model.

Even if your commode is in good working order, you may consider a replacement as part of a bathroom remodel. If so, it’s a good opportunity to shop for a toilet with extra features designed to make life “go” easier. Some models are self-cleaning, some flush automatically, and some come with slow-close lids and night lights, which is great to have when you have to get up in the middle of the night without waking the house!

If you think it’s time for a new toilet installation in your Virginia Beach, Norfolk, or Chesapeake home, Atomic Plumbing is here to assist you. Contact us today with your questions and to schedule a mechanic to visit.

 

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