Like just about everything in our homes, toilets don’t last forever. Replacing our toilets, though, isn’t something most people think about often outside of doing a bathroom renovation. Unfortunately, sometimes our toilets need to be replaced even when we weren’t planning on it. That said, how do you know when it’s time to consider a toilet replacement?
- It’s Just Old and Out of Date
Nothing has a lifespan of forever, and toilets are no exception.While older toilets may seem to function just fine, they’re not terribly efficient.Old toilets waste a lot of water.In 1992 the EPA created the Energy Policy Act that requires residential toilets to use less than 1.6 gallons per flush.This was the starting point for more efficient toilets.Almost 30 years later there are now many different low flow toilet options available that work well, are environmentally friendly, and can help lower your water bill.
- Persistent and Continuous Clogs
Toilet clogs that just don’t seem to go away are incredibly inconvenient and annoying.You just want to use the restroom, not spend fifteen minutes plunging the bowl every time.While the occasional clog is completely normal, clogs that happen regularly can be a sign of a problem.Sometimes, the problem lies in the sewer line, but other times it’s a sign that it’s time to replace your toilet.When toilets get old, their parts can get worn out and they become less efficient at pushing water through, leading to blockages and clogs.
- Constant Running
A constantly running toilet can be caused by multiple different problems, usually a part like the rubber flapper or the fill valve in the tank being damaged.While these are sometimes able to be fixed, it may be more cost effective in the long run to look into upgrading the toilet and replacing the entire thing.A running toilet will inevitably cause your water bill to skyrocket, so it’s not something to be trifled with.
A wobbly toilet is, first of all, incredibly annoying to use, and second of all, a sign that there’s something wrong.Loose screws at the base, one of the most common reasons for a wobbly toilet, do not mean the toilet needs replaced.These are a super simple fix and can be repaired just by tightening the screws.Unfortunately, loose screws are not the only reason for a wobbly toilet.If the screws aren’t loose, but the toilet is still wobbling there’s a good chance the toilet has been leaking and the floor underneath has been damaged.If this is the case, the floor will need repaired and the toilet will likely need replaced.
- It’s Cracked
The vast majority of toilets are made of porcelain because it’s durable, strong, and long-lasting.This does not, however, mean it’s indestructible.Over time, porcelain toilets can wear down and crack, leading to both minor and major leak issues and resulting water damage and water bill increases.If your toilet is cracked, don’t wait for the problem to get bigger – just replace it.
Don’t ignore the signs that it’s time for a new toilet. A new toilet can refresh your bathroom, prevent water damage, and decrease your water bill and is a worthwhile investment for your home. Also consider that while you may be able to replace the toilet on your own, a licensed plumber can make sure everything is connected and properly situated, avoiding any chance of water damage from improper installation.