How to Tell It's Time to Replace Your Toilet.

Day after day, flush after flush, countless gallons of water pass through your toilet, slowly deteriorating the rubber seals, flushing mechanism, and even the toilet bowl itself. Toilets have a long life span, so a repair is often enough to get things back up and running. However, if your toilet is a couple of decades old and showing signs of noticeable damage, it might be best to just replace it with a new one. Here are eight hints that you need a new toilet.

Continuous Clogging.

No one likes seeing a backed up or clogged toilet, but this is one of the most common predicaments a toilet can have. The occasional clog is to be expected, but if you have an older low-flow toilet, you might end up having to plunge it multiple times per month. You may even have learned to flush twice as a clog-prevention technique, negating the water-saving benefits of these early models. Rest assured that contemporary low-flow toilets hardly ever suffer from random stoppages. The assurance of a quality toilet could motivate you to replace it.

Cracks and Leaks

When you see water pooling around the toilet, take action quickly. Failing to promptly address this problem could cause mold growth, rotten subflooring and other structural damage. A leaky toilet is often relatively easy to fix. It may be as simple as tightening the tee bolts that connect the bowl to the floor or replacing the wax ring beneath the toilet base. However, if the leak is because of a cracked bowl or tank, the entire toilet will need to be replaced.

High Water Use

Low-flow toilets have been commonly used in homes since the early 90s, but your dated toilet could easily predate the Energy Policy Act of 1992. This is when the gallon-per-flush (gpf) limit for residential toilets was reduced to 1.6 gpf. If so, you could significantly lower your water consumption inside your home by switching your old 3- to 5-gpf toilet with a new low-flow model. The best high-efficiency, dual-flush toilets use an average of 1.28 gpf–1.6 gallons for the solid waste button and just 0.8 gallons to get rid of liquid waste.

Wobbly Base

Even if your toilet is not very old, a wobbly base is a scenario that should be addressed quickly. If the issue stems from loose tee bolts or a compromised wax ring, you may be able to cure the problem without switching the toilet. However, if the subfloor is rotten and bending beneath the toilet’s weight, this needs professional attention. After repairing the structural damage, it might be necessary to replace the toilet to prevent a recurrence.

Abnormal Mineral Buildup

Hard water is tough on a toilet because it contains minerals that clog the inlet holes and siphon tubes over time. If you stick with preventive maintenance, you can likely keep mineral buildup under control. If you're a DIY kind of person, you can help your toilet clear away some existing deposits by carefully chipping away at them. But if the mineral deposit density gets bad enough, your toilet may fail to flush effectively, making it more vulnerable to clogs. When this happens, consider it a sign to replace your toilet.

Leaky Tank

Simple leaks are usually best addressed with a repair, rather than buying a new toilet. Obviously, adjusting a stuck float or exchanging a worn-out flapper valve is easy and low-cost. But if the leak always returns, there might be a bigger underlying problem. This is just the excuse you need to replace your old, outdated toilet.

Poor Aesthetics

Scratches, hairline cracks or simply an outdated color could encourage you to replace your toilet. Unpleasant aesthetics combined with leaks, frequent clogs or other problems certainly justify replacing your toilet.

Multiple Repairs

Toilets are basic mechanisms that should perform smoothly without much attention. If you end up calling the plumber regularly to fix clogs, leaks and broken tank parts, it might be time to stop throwing away good money. Put your dollars toward a new, reliable toilet, and you shouldn't have to fret about repairs for many years.

Schedule Toilet Repair or Replacement

It never hurts to attempt a toilet repair before investing in a whole-new toilet. The professionally trained plumbers at Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning will inspect your bathroom fixture thoroughly and propose the most cost-effective option. Remember, replacing your old, worn-out toilet with a high-efficiency model helps slash your water bills for numerous years to come. If you decide it's time to replace, our team can help you select and install your new toilet for ideal performance going forward. For more information or to schedule a visit from a qualified plumber, please connect with a Service Experts office near you.

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