One of the most used plumbing fixtures in your home is the toilet, which can last 15-30 years if it’s gently used and properly maintained. When it stops working properly, it can be hard to decide whether to replace or repair it, since you don’t want to throw away a perfectly functional toilet if it can get fixed. Here’s how to know when it’s time for a new toilet:
1. You see a crack in the porcelain
Leaks waste water, even if the toilet still functions properly. Prolonged water exposure may also cause damage to your flooring, and encourage mold or mildew growth.
So if you notice puddles of water around the toilet, it’s a good idea to replace it before it breaks.
If the crack is in the toilet bowl, check for leaks when you flush. You don’t have to replace it right away if there aren’t any leaks. Otherwise, hairline cracks can be sealed with plumbing epoxy.
2. Your toilet needs frequent repairs
If your toilet requires frequent repairs, the costs can add up, so it might be cheaper to just buy a new toilet instead. It will probably require a significant investment upfront, but you’ll save money in the long run.
Consider installing a new toilet if you frequently need to hire a plumber for big and small repairs.
3. It often clogs and overflows
A clog that keeps coming back is a sign there’s a serious issue with your toilet, such as low water levels, mineral build up, or faulty hardware. Getting your toilet examined by a professional will get to the root cause of the issue.
Installing a new toilet is a sure-fire way of making sure the hardware is properly functioning and the pipes are clean.
An overflowing toilet shouldn’t be taken lightly, either. Until it happens to you, the water damage caused by toilet malfunctions will hardly cross your mind. But overflowing toilets can seriously damage your home and render your property unsafe. Just 24-48 hours after a toilet overflow, mold can start growing in your home.
4. You want to save water and money
Investing in a new toilet that’s more water-efficient can help keep your bills down. You can save a gallon (or two) of water per flush, lowering your usage and water bill.
You can benefit from such a change if you have a large family.
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Your toilet’s life expectancy also depends on various factors, such as age, the quality of the toilet itself, etc. If it isn’t installed correctly or gets misused frequently, it won’t last long.
Hiring a knowledgeable, experienced plumber to install a new toilet saves you time, energy, and money. Remember, your toilet may not always warn you it needs to be replaced, but we can determine if a new toilet will eliminate water waste and reduce your utility bills.
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