Toilets generally last a long time. On average, toilets only need to be replaced once every 10-to-15 years. But they do eventually wear out, so you’ll want to recognize when it’s time to install a new toilet. The good news is that you probably don’t need to call a professional to install a toilet. You can usually do it yourself if you have some essential tools and parts. But before replacing your toilet, let’s ensure you need it first.
One of the critical signs that you need a new toilet is that you must repair your current one repeatedly. A toilet consists of several components, such as the flusher, tank, flapper, fill valve and chain, so a lot can go wrong. Some repairs will be easy and fairly cheap, but others can get quite pricey. If the repairs start adding up, at some point, it becomes more cost-effective to replace the toilet instead of continuing to repair it. Repeated repairs, especially on different toilet parts, mean that it’s wearing out and may not be worth repairing.
The repairs are even more critical when discussing an office toilet. You don’t want to create an unpleasant situation for your employees. This presents an excellent opportunity to make other upgrades, like installing new public bathroom partitions that might be overdue for a change.
No one likes dealing with a clogged toilet, but when you keep having to clear a clog over and over again, it becomes aggravating. Some of the older low-flush toilets don’t have the technology of the newer ones, so they’re prone to clogging. If your toilet is frequently clogged, you can easily install a new toilet and solve that problem. New low-flush toilets have come a long way since their predecessors, and you can keep the water savings and not have to clear a clog after every flush.
Cracks in the Porcelain
Toilet cracks are never good. Even tiny cracks can be the source of significant leaks, which can then ruin your floors and, if the bathroom is upstairs, your ceilings. If a hairline crack gives way, then you have a natural water problem on your hands, so it’s essential to inspect your toilet for cracks in the bowl or tank whenever you clean it. It’s almost always better to replace a cracked toilet than try to repair it, but if the crack is in the toilet bowl, you can usually keep an eye on it to ensure it’s not getting bigger. Just watch out for any leaking water so you can get a new toilet immediately if it becomes a problem.
A toilet should never run constantly; if yours is always running, you’re wasting water. A running toilet usually indicates damaged inner parts, which can be replaced if you don’t want to install a brand-new toilet. But, when these parts start to wear out, it can be a sign that other parts will also start failing. When that happens, replacing the toilet is more cost-effective than repairing it repeatedly.
Over time, a toilet can become loose from the floor and wobble when you sit down. If you’ve tightened the bolts at the base of your toilet and it becomes loose again reasonably quickly, there could be a problem with the floor or the toilet itself. You may need to hire a plumber to determine the cause of the wobbly toilet, but if you replace it and it begins to wobble soon after you install the new one, then you can be relatively sure that the issue is your floor. There may have been a leak in your old toilet that caused the floor to warp, which means you would have needed to replace it anyway.
Large Increase in Water Bill
An unusually high water bill often means a leak somewhere in your plumbing, and a toilet is often the culprit. Check your toilets for cracks and the floor around your toilets for standing water. This will let you know if you need to replace your toilet or if the leak is somewhere else. You can also hire a professional to find the leak for you, as they have tools and techniques to efficiently identify the source.
You probably don’t think about your toilet very often until it causes you problems. If your toilet is leading to aggravation and non-stop repairs, it’s time to think about replacing it with a new one.