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When Is It Time To Replace Your Toilet?

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June 15, 2024

When Is It Time To Replace Your Toilet?

Ah, the toilet. This plumbing fixture is everywhere, yet somehow we still take the toilet for granted, at least until it doesn’t work correctly. We’ve come a long way from the two-seater outhouse of yesteryear, but with progress comes the need for regular maintenance, repair, and replacement.

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:

  • Clogging
  • Not flushing
  • Not filling
  • Over- or under-filling
  • Leaking
  • 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.  

DIY Repairs

Your ability to repair a toilet depends on your comfort and experience level. A clanking handle often indicates that the tank lever’s chain has broken or come undone. This DIY repair involves reattaching the disconnected chain or replacing a broken one.

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.

Professional Repairs

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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