The busiest fixture in your home, your toilet withstands a lot of wear and tear, performing admirably for years. Still, toilets eventually do need to be replaced; ideally before they stop working. Fortunately, your home’s toilet will often give you signs that its lifespan is coming to an end and that you should think about replacing it. Here are 5 telltale signs you need to replace your toilet:
- Clogging Regularly: Is your plunger getting a workout? Often a toilet that clogs frequently, has trouble flushing, or overflows, is a sign of clogged pipes or older mechanisms in your toilet. An inspection by a plumber can help to determine the cause of the issue, which can often be solved by having a new toilet installed.
- Frequent Repairs: Are you beginning to feel like a weekend plumber? If you are repairing your toilet frequently, maybe you should consider installing a new toilet. Those repairs add up and are indicative of the condition of the unit as a whole. Due to the low cost of having your toilet replaced, frequent repairs don’t make sense financially. Free up your weekends by hiring a pro to take care of things once and for all.
- Puddles - If your feet are getting wet due to puddles around your toilet, this is a big sign that something in your toilet is not functioning as it should. Water leakage may be coming from dried-out seals, cracks in the porcelain, or caused by other issues. If you spot water on the floor around your toilet, hire a plumber to take a look right away, before that water causes damage to your floors, walls and ceilings below, including mould!
- Wobbly Toilet – A wobbly toilet is a tell-tale sign of toilet issues and shouldn’t be ignored. When toilets seem unstable, they usually are. This can be caused by loose parts, an uneven floor, or dry seals. That floor may have become uneven due to an undiagnosed slow water leak, which may have caused even more damage to the floor and walls of your home. Having the toilet replaced will solve all of these problems, at a much better price than mould remediation and cleaning up water damage.
- Constant Running - Toilets with never-ending flushes are a bad sign. Typically caused by damage inside your toilet, running toilets will cost you a bundle on your utility bills. Sure, you can repair it, but in many cases this is only a temporary fix. The installation of a new toilet will solve the issue once and for all.