Signs it’s time to replace your toilet

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Unless you are planning a bathroom update or you have an issue, you probably don’t think twice about replacing your toilet.  Just like the other fixtures in your home, eventually your toilet will need to be replaced. How do you know when it is time? Here are six signs it’s time to replace your toilet.

#1 You notice water: If you frequently find water around your toilet this could be more than a minor leak. You could have a crack in your tank. If it is operating properly and there is water around the bottom, you could have a crack in the bowl. A plumber can help you determine if this is something that can be repaired or replaced.

#2 Age of equipment: Even if your toilet is working properly, if it is a few decades old you may want to consider replacement. Older toilets are likely to use more water and could be driving up your water bill. Residential toilets sold after 1994 use no more than 1.6 gallons per flush. Advances like dual flush technology, which allow you to select a partial flush for liquid waste, helps to reduce your water use even further.

#3 It moves: Toilets should stay securely in place. If it is unsteady, it could indicate that you have a water damage to your floor and need to have it repaired.

#4 Too many repairs: If you called a plumber several times in recent years for repairs, it may be time to replace.  It will likely save you money in the long run.

#5 Too many clogs: If you reach for your plumber’s friend too often, it may be time for an upgrade. Low flow toilets have come a long way… you won’t have to give up on water savings with an efficient toilet just to stop reaching for the plunger.

# 6 Surface damage: If you have a lot of scratches on your toilet from years of cleaning, you may want to consider replacing. Excessive scratches can make it more difficult to keep it clean.

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