When Is It Time To Replace Your Toilet?
Common Toilet Issues
On average, an individual will spend two years of their life in the bathroom. We use toilets daily, so you might feel some angst when issues arise. Luckily, toilet problems are usually not too severe.
Some of the most common issues include:
- Not flushing
- Not filling
- Over- or under-filling
- Running constantly
Repair or Replace?
How do you know when to replace your toilet? Nearly everyone has tried the “jiggle the handle” repair on a toilet, and while that might solve the problem in the short term, it’s worth addressing the bigger issue. You may be able to tackle some simpler repairs, but it’s generally best to leave more complex plumbing needs to a professional.
A clogged toilet might be repairable with a plunger, but a toilet that’s constantly clogged should get professional attention. If your toilet wobbles when you sit down, tightening the bolts could solve the problem. It typically won’t hurt to try resolving issues yourself in simple situations.
A weekend warrior DIYer might have the skill needed to replace a toilet, but most of us need the help of a professional plumber for toilet repair service or replacement. Plumbers know what to do and how to do it, and they have the tools to make it easier.
If you notice water leaking from under your toilet, you may need a new wax ring or flange. Can you do this yourself? Yes, but should you? Probably not. Improper reseating of the toilet can cause more problems, including introducing hazardous sewer gasses into the bathroom.
Attacking stubborn clogs with harsh chemicals or a plumbing snake is tempting, but even a minor error can be costly. Professional plumbers have the correct tools and know how to use them, plus they have diagnostic tools that can determine the cause of the problem.
When to Replace a Toilet
When a plumber can fix a toilet with a simple repair, it saves time and money. But in some cases, replacing your toilet just makes more sense. When problems recur frequently, or your toilet has a crack or other damage, it’s best to consider a replacement.
Safety is another important reason to replace a toilet. If you or a loved one is having trouble using your toilet, replacing it may make it more accessible. High-rise toilets make it easier to get on and off, especially for people with accessibility and mobility issues.
It’s also worth considering a toilet replacement service if you want to reduce water waste. Older toilets tend to use more water than low-flow options, which can cause your water bill to skyrocket. Trim costs while reducing waste with a new, efficient toilet in your bathroom.
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