When Should You Repair or Replace Your Toilet?

When Should You Repair or Replace Your Toilet?
crawfordmech March 3, 2017

Many people are surprised to learn that they need to replace their toilet. Not because it’s used every day, but because it is one of those things that people tend to think will last forever. While a toilet will last a long time with a minor repair here and there, there are times when you are better off replacing the entire toilet. Watch for these signs that your toilet needs replacing:

Your Toilet is Old

Age isn’t normally the determining factor when deciding to replace a toilet in your home, but if yours was installed before 1994 regulations regarding the holding capacity of the tank have changed. All toilets sold since that time are required to flush with 1.6 gallons of water or less. With newer toilets, they conserve more water and save you dollars on your water bill. You may be interested in updating to a new dual flush model that has the option of a full flush for solid wastes and a partial flush for liquids.

Your Toilet is Cracked

If you notice water on the floor under the tank or around the base of the toilet, the tank or bowl may be cracked and will likely get worse with time. While it may seem like a minor problem, even a few drops of water every time you flush the toilet can get under your flooring and cause damage to the wood or may produce mold and mildew. If your toilet bowl or tank is cracked, it is time to invest in a new toilet.

Metal Parts are Rusty

Rust and corrosion can wreak havoc on your toilet. One rusty part can typically be replaced, but if you notice many rusted or corroded parts take that as a sign to replace your toilet with a new model.

Your Toilet is Wobbly

If your toilet pitches to the side every time you take a seat, it could be a small problem such as loose bolts that just need tightening. On the other hand, it may be a sign that the flooring has rotted and needs replacing. If this is the case, you will need to have it professionally repaired.

You Bowl is Round

Round bowls are perfectly functional, but they do have some disadvantages over newer oval bowls. Oval bowls tend to be more comfortable and provide more room for seating. Their design also makes them easier to keep clean and emit fewer odors.

If you are ready to replace your old toilet or have other plumbing issues in your home, contact Crawford Mechanical Services today! Our experts can assess your toilet and plumbing to recommend whether replacing or repairing your existing toilet is the best option for you.

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