For some people, the bathroom is one of the most important spaces in the home.
It is where you start your day and the last room you visit before bed. It’s a place to relax and get rid of the stress and dirt from the day.
Your bathroom is also home to an important plumbing fixture – the toilet. We use it multiple times a day to rid ourselves of human waste. However, it is not a fixture we think about often until it needs attention or isn’t working properly.
Toilets do not have to be replaced often. In fact, a toilet can last for decades if properly cared for. Because of this, many homeowners are unaware of when it is time to replace it.
Here are five signs that it may be time for you to replace the toilet in your home.
Had it forever
While there is no universal time frame for how long a toilet can last, the suggested time frame is anywhere from 10-50 years. Regular use and general wear and tear contribute to its lifespan. If your toilet is as old as you are, older, or you can’t remember when it was replaced, it may be time to invest in a new one.
Also, keep in mind that older toilets use more water when flushing. You could save money on your water bill long term by replacing an old toilet with a new one.
Generally speaking, leaks are a problem no matter where they are in your home. A leaking toilet is no exception.
If you see water pooling around the toilet or it runs continuously, those are indicators that a new toilet could be in your near future. Also, monitor your water bill. If it is higher than normal, it could indicate a toilet leak or other home leak you can’t see. Contact a plumber to do a full inspection.
Is your toilet cracked, scratched or unstable to sit on? This could be a sign that it’s time for a replacement. Some surface damage can be repaired without replacement. But if your toilet is old and the list of damages is long, it’s probably in your best interest to replace it.
For example, if a crack in your toilet is above the water line, it could be repaired. However, many homeowners would take this opportunity to go ahead and replace the toilet.
Too many repairs
A toilet has many parts that can be easily repaired with affordable tools and equipment. So if you have a few issues occasionally, it does not usually mean you need to replace your toilet. But if you’re constantly doing repairs and replacing parts (about twice a month or more), it’s probably time to buy a new one.
It stops flushing
A toilet that won’t flush is extremely inconvenient, especially when you have company over or only one toilet in the house, as is the case in many older homes. Toilets that won’t flush are not fixed by jiggling the handle or plunging. First, contact a plumber to make sure there are no other underlying issues. If this is the case, it’s time to add a new toilet to your bathroom.
As a homeowner, it is important to replace appliances and fixtures in your home, especially those that could result in leaks and other damages. Replacing your toilet is a task that can project your home and add to its value.
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