When to Replace Your Toilet

When to Replace Your Toilet


The average life expectancy of your toilet can vary, but like any appliance, toilets are not designed to last forever.  Often times, the decision comes down to what makes the most financial sense.

How do you know when it is time to replace your toilet?

1. Cracks and scratches. Scratched toilet bowls are hard to keep clean, and they require a lot of elbow grease (or nasty chemicals) to stay pristine. Cracks can occur either in the tank or the bowl, and sometimes they are hard to spot.  If the crack goes unnoticed, it can turn into a flood of water in a matter of time.  A simple way to detect a leak is to pour a few drops of food coloring in the tank.  Wait a few minutes if you start to see food coloring come through the bowl, this is a sign you have a leak that could be caused from the crack.

2. Frequent Repairs. If you are repairing your toilet more than once over the course of the year, it might be time to replace your toilet. If the cost of the repairs are closer to the cost of a replacement, it might be smarter to invest in a brand new toilet.

3. Recurring Clogs. Everyone faces a clogged toilet at one point or another. It’s practically a fact of life that you’ll have to break out the plunger occasionally. However, if you find yourself plunging once a week or more, it may be time to replace your toilet and bring in a newer model.

4. Constant Running.  A toilet that is constantly running might indicate a worn or damaged flapper. This problem should be addressed quickly before it begins to run up your power bill.

5. Water Efficiency. Older toilets use more water to flush than the newer models. Some older toilets can use three or even five gallons every single time you flush it. All that water can add up quickly, costing you money in the long run. With a new model low-flush toilet, you’ll use less water and save on your bill.

Not every toilet needs to be replaced, but in some cases, it does. Minor problems could lead to bigger problems down the road. Replacing your toilet is a task best left to a qualified plumbing professional. Do not let that pesky toilet give you any more trouble!

Call the experts RIGHT NOW at My Personal Plumber, we’d love to help or answer any questions you have!

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ARWweb. Signs It Is Time To Replace A Toilet. 10 July 2015. http://americanresidentialwarranty.com/signs-time-replace-toilet/

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