Toilets are a necessity that we use every single day. And considering the amount of usage it gets, we rarely pay it much attention, until it begins to falter and we simply have no choice. When your toilet starts to act up, clog, or run more than normal, chances are it could be time for a new one. But since we generally know so little about them, it’s not always easy to know. Here are a few signs to watch out for that will tell you that it’s probably time for a new toilet.
Sure, we all go through those moments in life when the toilet begins to clog and fill with water. So naturally, you get out the plunger and hope for the best, or you hire someone to do it for you. But when that toilet begins to consistently clog up, it could point to a larger issue within the toilet. If the toilet gets backed up even when there is nothing unusual or large being flushed, it could be a sign that you need a new toilet.
It needs Constant Repairs
If your toilet requires constant repairs to the handle, the flapper, or the valve, it might be worth your time and money to opt for a new one. Although many of these repairs can be simple for a plumber to fix, when multiple items begin to falter constantly, those repairs might end up costing your more in the long run.
A Scratch in the Porcelain
If a hair-line crack appears in the tank or bowl of the toilet, this may look to be harmless or insignificant, but this can actually lead to a significant problem in the future. That tiny crack can easily worsen over time and leave you with a flooded mess to deal with. So if you notice a crack along your tank, avoid any future messes and get a new one.
When you go to sit on the toilet or get up from it, do you notice it wobbling? That wobble shouldn’t be occurring. If this happens with your toilet, it could require either a simple repair, or it could point to a more severe issue with the toilet, plumbing and flooring. Your best bet is to call a plumber and have them assess it.
If you can’t remember the last time you upgraded your toilet, your water bills are most likely suffering because of it. Aside from older toilet using significantly more water for flushing, regulations have been developed that require residential homes to have toilets that do not exceed 1.6 gallons of water per flush. So get it changed. A high-efficiency, low-flow toilet will work better, save you money, and help the environment.
The next time your toilet begins to act up, you can use this as quick a guide to help determine whether it might be time to get a new one. If so, just call Faucet Fix! We are experts in residential plumbing and can help with toilet repair, toilet replacement, and toilet installation!