How to Recognize It's Time for a New Toilet.

Day after day, flush after flush, countless gallons of water pass through your toilet, eventually deteriorating the rubber seals, flushing mechanism, and even the porcelain bowl. Toilets are usually solid and long-lasting items, so a repair is typically enough to get things back up and running. Nevertheless, if your toilet is several decades old and showing signs of serious damage, it might be best to just replace it with a new one. Here are eight signals that you need a new toilet.

Persist Clogging.

No one likes having to plunge a dirty toilet, but this is one of the most frequent issues a toilet can have. The periodic clog is to be expected, but if you have an older low-flow toilet, you might have to plunge it every couple of flushes. You may even have learned to flush twice as a clog-prevention solution, negating the water-saving benefits of these early models. Rest assured that modern low-flow toilets hardly ever suffer from random stoppages. The assurance of a dependable toilet could motivate you to replace it.

Cracks and Leaks

If you observe any water pooling around the toilet, act fast. Ignoring this situation could lead to mold growth, water-damaged subflooring and other structural damage. A leaky toilet is usually a simple DIY repair. It may involve tightening the tee bolts that connect the fixture to the floor or replacing the wax ring under the toilet base. On the other hand, if the leak is due to a cracked bowl or tank, you’ll need to replace the entire toilet.

High Water Use

Low-flow toilets have been commonly used in homes since the early 90s, but your old toilet could easily predate the Energy Policy Act of 1992. That legislation is when the gallon-per-flush (gpf) limit for residential toilets was decreased to 1.6 gpf. If so, you could notably lower your water usage (and thus save money each month on your utility bills) by replacing your old 3- to 5-gpf toilet with a modern 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 problematic. If the issue stems from loose tee bolts or a defective wax ring, you may be able to cure the problem without changing the toilet. Although, if the subfloor is affected and shifting beneath the toilet’s weight, this should have professional attention. After repairing the structural problems, it might be necessary to replace the toilet to avoid a recurrence.

Excessive Mineral Buildup

Hard water can create problems for your toilet, because the water contains minerals that clog the inlet holes and siphon tubes over time. If you stay current with preventive maintenance, you can likely keep mineral buildup under control. It’s also possible to clear some existing deposits by carefully chipping away at them. But if the accumulation gets bad enough, your toilet may no longer flush effectively, making it more susceptible to clogs. When this happens, that's a sign to replace your toilet.

Leaky Tank

It’s usually worth repairing (not replacing) your toilet tank the first few times it leaks. Obviously, adjusting a stuck float or exchanging a worn-out flapper valve is easy and inexpensive. But if the leak continuously comes back, there might be a more serious underlying problem. This may be the logical time to replace your old, outdated toilet.

Poor Aesthetics

Among the top reasons people replace their toilets is that the bowl no longer looks nice; it may have scratches or the color is outdated. Unpleasant aesthetics combined with leaks, frequent clogs or other problems certainly warrant 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 take care of clogs, leaks and broken tank parts, it's time to make a switch. Put your hard-earned cash toward a new, reliable toilet, and you will not have to be concerned about repairs for many years.

Schedule Toilet Repair or Replacement

It can't hurt to try a toilet repair before traveling the route of a whole-new toilet. Our well- trained plumbers at Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning will examine your bathroom fixture thoroughly and propose the most cost-effective solution. Keep in mind, replacing your old, worn-out toilet with a high-efficiency model helps reduce your water bills for many years to come. If you opt for a replacement, our team can help you decide on and install your new toilet for optimal performance going forward. For more information or to set up a visit from a qualified plumber, please call a Service Experts office near you.

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