Are you experiencing weekly toilet trouble woes? A fussy toilet can be a constant source of frustration for homeowners. At a certain point, you may be better off if you replace your toilet rather than continually repairing its mishaps.
But where do you draw the line between repairing and replacing your troublesome toilet? The following are signs that it may be time to call it quits on the frequent repairs and finally replace your toilet.
Is it Time to Replace Your Toilet?
Too Many Repairs
There are many reasons why your toilet won’t flush that you can fix yourself, without the aid of a plumber. But if you’re having to perform these repairs on a weekly or even daily basis, it’s time to start weighing the cost of continuous repairs against the cost of a new toilet. Especially if the repairs start becoming less simple and require you to pay for a service call.
Older homes, like those common to the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area, often have toilets that are 10 or 20 years old (or more). These low-flow models usually take more than one flush to get the job done, and are more prone to clogging. Plunging the toilet is never a fun task, and it becomes even less tolerable when you’re having to do it every other day. Remove this recurring agitation from your life and replace the toilet with a newer model.
Crack in the Porcelain
A crack in the porcelain finish of your toilet isn’t just a cosmetic issue. It might look like a small crack, but you never know when it might turn into a larger crack—or break open completely, flooding your bathroom. It’s always smart to replace a cracked toilet well before that small crack has a chance to become a large problem. The issue is less pressing if the crack is inside the toilet bowl, but you should still keep an eye on it. Even a small trickle of water leaking out every time you flush can cause damage over time.
Unless you live in a new home, technology has probably come a long way in the years since your toilet was last replaced. While low-flow models from decades ago can be prone to frequent clogging, newer low-flow models are just as effective at flushing but use less than two gallons of water per flush (compared to three to five gallons). That adds up to thousands of gallons of water saved over the course of a year! And hundreds of dollars saved on utility bills for water use.
Deciding whether it’s time to replace your toilet? Call a Bonfe plumber for an expert opinion.