Do you need to replace your toilet? You might not know how to tell. Most toilets have a pretty long life expectancy. You even see toilets in historic homes and buildings that are over 100 years old. Often, it’s the mechanism inside the toilet tank, the components that make it work, that need replacing. There are, however, some circumstances that could indicate the need for a whole new toilet. Let’s take a look at some examples of when to replace your toilet.
If your toilet gets clogged more than once a week, it could indicate a problem with the plumbing. It could also be a sign that you need a new toilet. If a plumber is unable to resolve the clog issues, your next best bet is to invest in a new toilet. If your toilet is older, it is more likely to have mineral deposits built up inside the pipes and around the top of the drain. Sometimes a plumber can effectively clear them but more often than not frequent clogs mean it’s time for a new toilet.
Cracked Bowl or Tank
Most toilet bowls and toilet tanks are porcelain. While it’s incredibly durable under most circumstances, it can crack. When this happens, your toilet or tank will start to leak. Even a hairline crack can cause water leakage. Not only can a crack result in leaks, but it can also compromise the strength of the whole toilet. The worst thing about a cracked toilet is the water damage that can result. A cracked bowl or tank are definite signs it’s time to look at a new toilet as soon as possible.
Your Water Bill Keeps Going Up
Older toilets are not efficient. They use a tremendous amount of water to get a strong flush. If your water bills keep getting higher, it could be your toilet’s fault. There are a lot of great options on the market for water conservation friendly toilets. And you don’t have to worry about a weak flush. Technology has gotten much better since the first round of water-saving toilets. You can save water and money and still have a nice solid flush.
Your Toilet Wiggles and Wobbles
When you sit down, your toilet should not move, not even a little. If you have any wiggle or wobble when you sit down, it could mean your toilet is not seated or sealed correctly. Not only is this a safety hazard as you could lose your balance and fall if the toilet moves a lot, but it’s a plumbing hazard as well. A shifting toilet can cause damage to the pipes and plumbing as well as the flooring it sits on. If your toilet doesn’t sit tight, it’s time for a new one.
A reliable plumber can fix most toilet problems. There can come a time when repair isn’t possible and a toilet needs replacing. For all the information you need on toilet replacement including choosing a new one, contact our team of experts at Armor Plumbing and Underground, Inc., today.