Your toilet is made to last, but there will eventually come a time when you run into problems or begin wondering exactly what issues signal it’s time for an upgrade.
There are some signs that will tell you when you need to repair vs. replace your toilet.
When to Repair
Toilets are meant to last you a long time, and with proper care and maintenance they will. If you notice a problem, investigate what the cause is.
When Your Toilet Is Running
A running toilet is when water from the tank is continuously running into the bowl. This can become extremely annoying both because it is inconvenient and because it makes noise.
There are a couple ways to figure out what is causing your toilet to run. For example, test the flapper by pushing down on it until the water stops running. If it does, this means your flapper is not sealing correctly and should be replaced.
The Toilet Won’t Flush
This is the last thing you want to happen, and when it does happen, you immediately begin to panic wondering what the cause is. It could be:
- A clog
- Not enough water in the tank
- A faulty flapper
- A broken lift chain
Whatever the case, these are easy repairs that will have you back up and running in no time.
The Water Level Is Low
Whether in the tank or in the bowl, your water levels should remain consistent. If you notice lower than normal levels, check the tank shut off valve to make sure it was not accidentally closed.
If the water level is low in the bowl, you may have a partial clog. This can be identified by a plumbing expert.
If you are noticing a lower water level, and water on the sides of your toilet, or on the floor, this could be a sign of a more serious issue.
Toilet Issues Happen
Eventually you’ll experience one of these toilet issues, or a different one altogether.
When to Replace
Sometimes all the TLC in the world just won’t cut it. These are some of the signs that indicate it’s time to invest in a new toilet.
Your Toilet Requires Constant Repairs
An occasional repair is normal, but if you’re constantly having to fix toilet issues, that can become a costly and time consuming problem.
One or two toilet issues is to be expected, but if you are frequently and consistently running into the same problem, or even multiple problems, a new toilet is the way to go.
The Toilet is Always Blocked
Have you noticed that more and more often, you’re having to use the plunger? If your toilet is clogging consistently, this is a sign that you should look into buying a new one.
Your Toilet Has A Porcelain Crack or Scratches
Porcelain cracks, or even what seem to be superficial scratches, can actually be a big warning sign that you need to replace your toilet.
Bacteria and dirt can build up in scratches and cracks, making it impossible to get your toilet truly clean. This gives it an increasingly dingy look which is not pleasant to behold.
If you have any cracks in the porcelain, this could lead to bigger problems than dirt. A crack could expand, which could lead to leaks and water damage.
Buying a New Toilet
If you do find yourself in need of a new toilet, there are plenty of options available to you. In fact, there are so many options, it can be overwhelming if you aren’t sure what to look for.
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At the end of the day, if you have a problem and you aren’t sure what your toilet and plumbing needs, we’re here to help.