How do you know when a toilet needs to be replaced
Most professional plumbers will tell you a toilet can last for around 20 to 25 years.
How long has your toilet been in place?
It can be difficult to tell. If your toilet was badly installed or poorly maintained, there are many signs it may need to be replaced before its time.
How do you know when a toilet needs to be replaced?
1) Regular clogs and blockages
One of the most unpleasant signs your toilet needs to be replaced is regular clogging caused by normal use.
Of course, children could have flushed toys or other items. The problem could also be further down the pipe, which is why it’s a good idea to get a regularly blocked toilet checked by a professional.
If normal use is causing clogs frequently, it’s probably time to look into toilet replacement.
Cracks in toilets can’t always be seen. The most common sign of a crack is water pooled around the base.
Sometimes, a crack above the waterline in the tank can be repaired. However, a crack below the waterline will probably necessitate replacing the entire tank.
At that point, it’s likely more economical to replace the entire toilet.
3) Serious age
That 20 to 25 year toilet lifespan estimate depends on many factors. It also refers to the overall fixture rather than internal components. These age much faster.
If you know for a fact that your toilet is over 25 years old, it may be worth replacing it.
4) Needs constant repair
Most toilets require repair every once in a while. If you find yourself regularly picking up the phone to call your local plumbers, it’s time to consider your options.
The most cost-effective choice might be toilet replacement now to save the cost of ongoing repairs in the long run. Ask an experienced technician for advice.
5) Repeat flushing required
Modern toilets use two gallons of water or less every flush. Older toilets more commonly use three or even five gallons per flush.
This is a significant waste of water, especially when flushing is inefficient and needs to be repeated. That’s bad for your water bill and it’s not great for the environment either.
If either of these are a concern, updating your toilet to a new model will pay dividends over time.
With a newer toilet, a little wobble is likely just a sign something inside needs to be tightened.
Older toilets that feel unstable might have an underlying cause. Leaking pipes can cause water damage and eventually lead to a floor collapse.
If you notice an older toilet feels unstable, you’ll need a professional to check it out.
Get expert advice before replacing your toilet
If you’re trying to work out whether it’s time to replace your toilet, consult an expert.
An experienced technician can help you work out the most cost-effective approach to toilet repair or replacement, ensuring you’re not wasting your money and that your bathroom is in full working order.
Need expert advice on toilet replacement or repair?
Let’s talk it over. Family-owned and operated, Son-Rise Plumbing and Gasfitting has been caring for Calgary residents since 1983.