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The Truth About Your Toilet Components

Look, we’ll be the first company to tell you that you need to hire a professional plumber for toilet repairs and replacements. There are just too many things that can go wrong if you attempt to fix anything yourself, and toilets are such an integral part of our lives that it can be almost mind-bogglingly bad to have to use a different bathroom for a few weeks while you get the tools and experience to get the job done.

So, right off the bat, if your toilet is broken, you should always call our team for toilet repairs in Lloydminster, SK. We can get the job done quickly, and effectively, and depending on how long it takes, we really don’t charge all that much.

But this blog post isn’t just about getting toilet repairs. It’s about an important distinction we want to make between the toilet’s inner components and the tank/bowl system you’re so used to seeing every day.

The Anatomy of Your Toilet

Toilets have many different components, but they can easily be split into two sections. There’s the section of components that make up the mechanisms of the toilet, the flush valve, the flapper, the refill tube, and even the chain that connects the handle to the flapper. Then there’s the toilet’s tank and bowl, which are those heavy parts that look like they should never be moved unless with the hands of two people or more.

The reason why we’d like to draw this distinction is that the interior components of a toilet are bound to last less time than the exterior components like the bowl or the tank. Let’s talk about why.

The Interior Components

The interior components of a toilet tank are usually comprised of rubber, plastic, or metal. This is one of the first reasons why they only last 5-7 years in most cases because they’re just not the most durable materials. And that’s okay! They’re some of the easiest components to replace, so you’re not really investing much money when you need work done.

Also, those components are constantly submerged in water, which means they’re actively undergoing corrosion and erosion throughout the many years you use the system. Mineral deposits, corrosion, and other elements can simply wear these components down faster than your toilet bowl or tank.

The Tank or Bowl

Have you ever seen one of those antique toilets that look like they belong in another century? To some aesthetic tastes they probably do, but behold! They still work!

This is possible because the materials that usually make up a toilet bowl or tank are actually a lot more sturdy and robust than the other components. There’s a good reason why they can be made out of ceramic, porcelain, or other resistant materials–and that’s because they last for decades.

If you’ve only had your toilet for a few years, or you’re starting to wonder if your toilet needs to be replaced, just remember that the exterior components are usually designed to last a lot longer than the interior ones. Unless you’ve got a plastic toilet or a toilet made with materials that are cheaper, you might be just fine!

For all of your toilet plumbing needs, contact Guardian Plumbing & Heating Ltd. Lloydminster’s Plumbing and Heating Authority!

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