You use your toilet on a daily basis but chances are you aren’t thinking about it until something bad happens. You should replace your toilet every so often like you replace all your other appliances. Here are five signs you need a new toilet from Toiletable.
- Cracks Have Formed in the Tank
If you notice that there is a puddle of water around your toilet then there’s a chance that the tank is cracked and the toilet needs to be replaced. You should call in a plumber to see if it can be repaired or of it has to be replaced. If the toilet is still working and flushing properly then the bowl could have cracks.
- The Toilet is Old
No matter whether your toilet is working properly or not you should think about replacing any toilet that’s a few decades old. Old toilets are almost always less efficient and could be causing your water bill to be higher than it needs to be. Technological advancements mean that toilets these days use far less water. Federal law also currently dictates that any toilet made and sold in the USA following 1994 should use no more than 1.6 gallons per flush. There are now toilets that can flush using even less. If you haven’t replaced your toilet since 1994 then you should seriously consider getting a newer, more efficient toilet such as one that has dual-flush technology. Dual-flush gives you the option of using only a partial flush, which is enough for water waste, or a full power flush for solid waste. As such you use up less water which means a smaller water bill.
- It’s Starting to Wobble
There’s nothing normal about a toilet that wobbles or rocks. If you notice your toilet has become unsteady it’s time to call a plumber to see what the problem is. The toilet may just need to be secured properly, or you may find that the floor has become damaged or is rotting away and needs to be repaired.
- It Needs Constant Maintenance
If you have to call out a plumber too often to get your toilet repaired it could be time to just replace it. Replacing the toilet could end up saving you more money in the long run.
- Your Toilet has a Round Bowl
There’s nothing really bad about having a round bowl, but it’s worth thinking about replacing it with an elongated toilet bowl. Elongated bowls are often more comfortable and they have more room. Elongated bowls are also cleaner, easier to maintain, and allow less odors to escape. There is a slightly smaller footprint associated with round bowls but you should consider a longer bowl if you’ve got the room for one.
If you experience any of these problems then it’s time to call in your plumber and see if you need to replace your toilet.