Toilets are some of the most important pieces of plumbing in your home. They are truly one of mankind’s most useful inventions and tend to be reliable and trouble-free for years. But even the most dependable toilet can sometimes encounter problems and require replacement. Six signs that your toilet needs to be replaced One of the first things to consider is the age of your toilet. Typically, toilets have a lifespan of 15 years or more, even with regular use. While most toilets don’t fail catastrophically even under a worst-case scenario, it has been known to happen and require a toilet replacement. More often, you might have a toilet leaking or have other problems that are more expensive to constantly fix than replace. If you think that could describe your situation, consider these six indicators that it is time to get a new toilet.
- Leaking. Perhaps the most obvious sign that it is time for a new toilet is apparent leaking from anywhere on the toilet. Leaks are hard to fix, seldom improve, and tend to worsen over time.
- Instability or rocking. If you find that your toilet is wobbly, or unstable, it could be an indication that the toilet is leaking and has caused the floor underneath it to soften. Unfortunately, this could indicate potential structural damage and should be checked immediately.
- Cracks in the tank or bowl. Any cracks in the tank or bowl are often sufficient reasons to replace your toilet. Cracks can be the source of leaks and can worsen and lead to even bigger problems.
- Flushing problems. If your toilet doesn’t flush properly (including incomplete flushes, overflowing, or clogs), it may be time for a replacement. Alternatively, replacing or adjusting the flush mechanism may solve the problem. If the problem recurs, a replacement is probably in order.
- Just keeps running. Continuous running is another strong sign that it may be time for a replacement. At the very least, it’s a waste of water and costs you money. Adjusting or replacing all or part of the mechanism may suffice. If it is a chronic issue though, it may be time for a new one.
- Repetitive issues. If you find that your toilet has chronic or repetitive issues that constantly require a plumber to resolve them, it may be easier and less expensive to just go ahead and replace it.
You may find that one of these indicators is enough to persuade you it is time to replace your toilet, or collectively two or more signs have convinced you that repair is out of the question and only a new toilet will do. If you do find yourself in that situation, it is often wise to enlist the services of a professional plumber to assist. Unless you are an expert do-it-yourselfer, calling a plumber will save time, money, and potential headaches.
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