Continue reading to learn how to identify signs that indicate your toilet needs to be repaired or replaced.
Did you know that the average person flushes around 2,000 times per year? With this much action from just one person, toilets are bound to take on some wear and tear over the years. This is especially true for properties with multiple occupants and multiple bathrooms. When it comes time to decide whether or not your toilet has seen and flushed enough, look for these tell-tale signs of problems:
Leaks and Cracks
Look around your toilet basin, tank, cover, and all other surface areas of the porcelain. If you see even the tiniest crack, it is a bad sign. Small crack, no matter how tiny, have the potential to grow into very large, troublesome cracks that lead to water leaks. At the same time, you want to look for standing puddles of water near the base of the toilet, or condensation on the toilet itself. This could be a sign that there is a leak, and should be inspected by a licensed plumber immediately. If you neglect these signs, it could cause mold and mildew growth in the walls and underneath the tile, leading to costly renovations and repairs.
If your toilet is prone to clogging, and you are not doing something to directly cause it (like flushing things you shouldn’t!), then it may be telling you something. Often times, this could be a result of having low-pressure flushing model that needs to be upgraded to a more powerful-flushing toilet. It can also be due to problems with the toilet’s mechanics, hard water deposits inside the tank, a blocked trap, and more. Talk to a plumber to know for sure, but in these cases, you can usually take it as a sign that you need a new toilet.
Old and Outdated
If your toilet is more than 20 years old, you might want to consider having it replaced. Even if it seems to work fine and never has any issues, and even though toilets can last up to 30 years or more, there are advantages of updating your model toilet. First, new model toilets are more efficient. Older models waste up to 7 gallons of water per flush, while newer models average a smidgen over one gallon per flush. Not only is this eco-friendly, it also saves on monthly utility costs. Second, they are more sought-after by home buyers, so a newer model toilet increases home value. And last, they are more comfortable and stylish.
If your toilet just seems to give you problem after problem, and you find yourself paying (or performing) repair after repair, then it’s time to invest in a new one. Frequent break downs, repairs, and problems are a sign that many things are going wrong with your toilet, and even your plumbing. In this case, you definitely want to replace the toilet altogether, but you should also have your bathroom plumbing inspected by a licensed plumber to ensure there aren’t any serious underlying problems with your plumbing system.