Homeowners often consider their toilets to be invincible, however, like everything else, they too have a lifespan. Knowing when to repair or replace can be difficult, but there are tell-tale signs that will make deciphering between the two a little easier. Should you need a toilet replacement, rest assured our trusted technicians can you help you choose one that will fit your needs and budget.
1. Cracks & Leaks
Your toilet is susceptible to forming hairline cracks, and oftentimes they go unnoticed. If cracks continue to go undetected, they can lead to substantial flooding. Regularly inspect your toilet for leaks so that you don’t have a mess on your hands. If you spot a crack in the toilet bowl, you don’t have to worry about a toilet replacement immediately, but you will want to keep an eye on it whenever you flush.
You can inspect for leaks by placing a few drops of food coloring into your tank. Check out our blog post on “How to Test for & Repair a Running Toilet.”
2. Frequent Repairs
Are you on a friendly basis with your technician because of all the repairs you’re needing? A constantly clogged toilet is a good indication that you need to have it replaced. If the cost of repairs is close to what a replace would cost, the cost-efficient thing to do is replace. You can upgrade to a new, more efficient toilet that will save you money on repairs and keep you happy for years to come.
3. Water Guzzler
If you haven’t already upgraded to a low-flow toilet, now is the perfect time. Because toilets account for nearly 30 percent of indoor water consumption, it’s important to use the most efficient product. An older, inefficient toilet will use six gallons per flush, while a new, more efficient toilet will use 1.6 gallons. Upgrade to a WaterSense-labeled toilet and you can save even more water because they use only 1.28 gallons.