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I never thought I would be sitting here on a Sunday evening writing a post about toilet water but I am and for good reason so please don’t stop here.

I recently sold a house in Legacy Park in Davenport (that was an absolute deal). As a closing gift to my clients I had the home cleaned for them prior to their move in (houses can get pretty funky when they sit for too long). When the cleaning service was cleaning the toilet they noticed something very odd about the water, they noticed that the water was very warm, we’re talking bath water warm. They thought it was unusual for a toilet to be heated so they told me about it.

My first thought was. . . “What the heck?” and I pretty much spent about five minutes after that trying to figure out why someone would need heated toilet water. . . I still can’t come up with any reasons (at least normal ones).

The significance of this is that the plumbing in that toilet is somehow connected to the hot water heater and is using a large amount of energy to heat that toilet. There is no hot or cold button on a toilet to conserve hot water so it’s just always sucking up electricity when the water heater is on.  You can imagine what that will do to an energy bill.

After consulting a plumbing company about this I was told that this “glitch” could end up being a situation where in order to fix it the entire plumbing system in the bathroom would have to be re-routed or whatever they do. This could cost thousands. It could also be a quick and simple fix but there is no way to tell until it’s looked at.

None of us, including the home inspector, thought to stick our hands inside the toilet to “test the waters” however if that was done and we knew about this before the closing we probably could have negotiated a credit because of this problem.

So I stand here today telling all of you to stick your hands in toilet water when buying your next home (or pay somebody to do it for you). This two second act could save you thousands and possibly even give you a nasty disease but at least you’re saving money on your home purchase.



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