While generally very durable plumbing fixtures, the day will come sooner or later to replace a toilet. Some last for several decades, but for whatever reason, others last just a few short years, or perhaps months, weeks, or days. Modern toilets use water much more efficiently. While an older model may use up to 6 gallons per flush, new toilets use just 1.6 gallons per flush, per federal guidelines. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has taken things a step further with the WaterSense label, for toilets that use only 1.28 gallons per flush. But how do you know it’s time to replace a toilet? Here are 9 signs it is long past its prime:
But how do you know it’s time to replace a toilet? Here are 9 signs it is long past its prime:
9 Signs to Replace a Toilet
- Too Many Repairs
It’s not difficult to replace a flapper, handle, or fill valve. But every time a plumber has to come and fix something, it’s going to cost money, especially considering labor fees. If you need to call a plumber four or five times, that’s a bill that you can save and buy a new trouble-free toilet.
- The Toilet Is Always Clogging
Older toilets are more prone to getting clogged. They may seem to back up at random, requiring a plunging or snaking break in your schedule. If your toilet has become more of a nuisance than a commodity, a replacement is the best solution.
- A Leak
Toilet leaks are often hard to detect. They don’t always result in water covering the floor, but the leak can still damage the floor and subflooring. Signs of a leak include a running toilet, so don’t wait weeks or months for more damage before replacing it.
- Cracked Tank
A cracked tank is easier to identify. If the porcelain has a visible crack, and/or water is pooling on the floor, replacement is best, especially if the crack is located below the waterline. Even a hairline crack must be addressed, as it can leak water and allow sewer gasses to back up.
- Flushing Doesn’t Stop
If the toilet is constantly running, a great deal of water is being wasted. Oftentimes the cause is a flapper valve that won’t seal. If the only issue is the valve, it can be fixed, but if multiple issues are present, get your toilet replaced.
- The Toilet Doesn’t Flush
You can’t fix a non-flushing toilet by jiggling the handle or using a plunger. Even a weak flushing toilet may just be ineffective. Your best option is to replace it with a better model.
- The Toilet Looks Old/Stained
A worn toilet can certainly drag down your bathroom décor. Newer models are sleeker and have a one-piece design. If your toilet is badly stained or scratched, it won’t recover no matter how much you clean it.
- It’s Not Comfortable
Older toilets usually have a single standard height and a rounded front side. That simply won’t do for many people. Newer options include an elongated toilet, which is 2 inches longer than round ones, a comfort height toilet, or an ADA toilet with a seat height of 17 to 19 inches, per federal requirements.
- You’re Remodeling Your Bathroom
Replacing a toilet along with your bathtub, vanity, and other fixtures can save time and money down the road. It can make things look more modern, and free up some space in a smaller bathroom.
Contact Express Plumbing Services
Our toilet installation professionals can determine whether it’s time to replace a toilet in your home. Every technician is professionally trained at our state-of-the-art training center, so provides high-quality service that meets our exceptional standards. If any of the signs above apply to you and you’re ready to replace your toilet, schedule service by contacting us online or calling.