About a year ago, I had to have a new water heater installed in my dad's
home. It was in an emergency, so I hired the first, reputable company
in the area that could come out to do the job. I'll call them Big
Brown. It was a big, 50 year old well known company who had done minor
work for my dad before. It was expensive, though, especially when they
brought the water heater it up to code. Along with the water heater
came a one year maintenence contract whereby they would come by to
inspect the water heater in a year. Little did I know that it was less
of an inspection of the water heater itself, but more of an inspection
of both the inside and outside plumbing with a sales pitch to do more
So, they came out last week, and I told them the water heater was
working just fine. Then they began looking around, inside and out, to
see what else might need their 'attention'.
The home has two bathrooms. Each bathroom was remodeled when my dad
moved in around 1987. The toilet colors match the tub and counter
colors, which is not white. One is grey, the other is sort of pinky-
beige. They both look nice in their surroundings, and really don't look
dated. (I wouldn't care if they did.)
Anyway...I think the toilets work just fine. I replaced the tank
innards about a year or so ago, when I started taking care of my dad's
house. Big Brown told me that both toilets should be replaced because
they flushed slow. Huh? Looks fine to me, especially since they always
work. Only very infrequently do I ever have to plunge a toilet, but
when I do, I can see why. Big Brown told me that the throat of the
toilets was getting build up and that makes them begin to flush slower.
I said if that's true, why not just take the toilet out, clean the
throat, and reinstall. Well ,Big Brown was of course prepared for every
do-it-yoursself homeowner's objection. "That only works for a while, you
can't all the built up gunk out, you might crack the bowl, and it's just
plain old and the newer ones are much better and use less water. I'm
not worried about any of that.
They would replace each toilet with their low end, elongated Toto, in
white (wouldn't match colors in bathrooms). The cost would be $750
I have a $650 Toto toilet in my own home, installed by me two years ago.
It flushes great. It's only clogged twice by my kids. It doesn't have
a heated seat, it doesn't was butts, and it doesn't light up, but it
does have a slow close lid.
So, if I HAD to replace a toilet, I would get one that has a good
reputation, but not because some toilet salesman told me it was flushing
Do toilets wear out like Big Brown said?