Would replacing an old toilet be covered under a home warranty?

Pat Grosse
by Pat Grosse
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We just bought a home about 6 months ago. We have updated the master bathroom but it still needs a few things done to it. The main bathroom has a horrible toilet and shower. The former owner updated 80% of the house but not the bathrooms. The toilet is low even for me. I'm 5'2" and my husband is 6'1". The original owner was a small older lady. To flush the toilet you need to hold down the handle. The shower plumbing is leaky. The house came with a home maintenance warranty for almost everything.
My question is should we use the warranty for the plumbing problems?
We're trying to wait until next February for our tax refund. Money is tight because of the down payment on the house!
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  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Sep 25, 2015
    If they house came with a home maintenance warranty it must state what is covered. Only you can fine that out.

  • Shari Shari on Sep 25, 2015
    I'm not a contract lawyer and I've never had experience with a home warranty but I would think its purpose is intended to cover problems that may develop after sale like a leak in the roof, a hot water heater that dies, a kitchen appliance that requires repair, a burst pipe etc., not replacement for remodeling/updating purposes. If the shower plumbing has started to leak since you purchased the house, that might be covered. The toilet...well that's kind of iffy. Perhaps the fact you have to hold the handle down to get it to flush would qualify for replacement under the warranty but probably not for the size of the toilet, since you could clearly see how small it was prior to purchasing the house and you bought the house anyway. I would think the real estate agent/broker who represented you in the sale could interpret the terms of the home warranty and help you determine what is, and isn't, covered. If you haven't done so already, it would be worth a call to him/her to ask.

  • Trish Lally Trish Lally on Sep 25, 2015
    Most likely; only if the toilet is defective.

  • Barb Barb on Sep 25, 2015
    Some toilet brands have as much as a ten year warranty. Some may even have a lifetime warranty. Check with the brand.

  • Crafting-in-the-desert Crafting-in-the-desert on Sep 25, 2015
    Have you checked with your utility company to find out if they have any programs to help you replace your toilet?I know that there are some places that are offering to replace a toilet with a new low flow model. Or offer a rebate upon purchase. My sister had hers replaced for free! She also received a free air conditioner (different program).

  • Sandra Sandra on Sep 26, 2015
    This question is why our insurance premiums continue to increase so much each year due some people trying to make ridiculous claims on household/building insurance. Insurance is not meant to cover general wear and tear on items. From what you say your toilet is old and just needs replacing which is the owners (you) responsibility to replace.

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    • Donna Carroll Donna Carroll on Sep 29, 2015
      @Sandra Perhaps the terminology is different down under but in the US 'home warranty' is as I describe above and can be purchased most any time for your home.

  • Rus1058682 Rus1058682 on Sep 29, 2015
    it is rather simple and cheap for you to replace the "guts" of the toilet, usually done in 10 min. As for the leaky shower, you might be able to do that yourself also. I would not use the warranty if the leak isn't causing damage to walls or floors.. And as far as the 'size' of the toilet, well that is considered a personal preference more than a repair.. R