We use our toilet every day, and as you’d expect from daily use, it does have a lifespan. When your toilet ages, it will show signs that it needs something to be done. It’s crucial as a property owner to know the difference between a toilet that needs simple repairs and one that needs replacement. That is why we’ve compiled a list of warning signs that reveal when it’s time to replace your toilet.

Constant Clogging

While a clogged toilet isn’t uncommon, having one that is continuously becoming backed-up indicates there could be something wrong. If you experience clogs more than once a week or instances that seem random, it may be time to retire the commode.

If you have an older low-flush toilet, this may be the problem. Older generation low-flush toilets are notorious for random stoppages and require more than one flush most of the time. Modern technology has come a long way, and low-flush alternatives have gotten much better. If you like the water-saving benefits, you should invest in a new model and have a professional replace your toilet.

Developing Cracks

it\’s never a good sign when your toilet begins to develop hairline cracks. Without proper care, these small cracks can cause a flood of issues. And if it starts to expand, it may create a leak that will flood your bathroom with water. A good rule of thumb is to inspect your toilet for cracks when you clean the toilet. If you notice one, it is a good idea to replace it before it begins to break completely. We recommend contacting a licensed professional plumber to install your new toilet.

An Array of Repairs = Replace Your Toilet

As a homeowner, the last thing you want to do is spend your time and money on toilet repairs. Repairs may include replacing the handle, the toilet flapper, the fill valve, and many other issues inside the tank. If there are multiple repairs needed at once, it may be more cost-efficient to hire a plumber to replace your toilet.

Inefficient Flushing

If you’ve noticed that your water bill is higher than usual, it may be due to an inefficient flushing system. An average toilet will use three to five gallons of water with each flush, while a low-flow alternative will use about two gallons. By investing in a more water-efficient toilet, you may be able to lower your water bill significantly.

Excessive Age

Like we mentioned, a toilet does have a lifespan. While they can last a very long time, it depends entirely on the owner’s maintenance. On average, toilets can last up to 50 years if they are properly maintained. But, the rule of thumb is to replace your toilet every 25 years, due to damage and regular wear and tear.

If you have an older toilet, you should consider newer model toilets as they will be more efficient in conserving water and utility costs. New toilet owners can also enjoy greater flushing capabilities, such as gravity or pressure-assisted toilets.

  • Pressure-Assisted: These types of toilets are designed to flush while using less water and more compressed air to force water into the bowl.
  • Gravity-Assisted: This is the most common toilet on the market. Upon flushing, water is transferred from the tank into the bowl due to gravity. When water goes down the bowl, the volume pushes everything in the bowl out of the S-shaped drain.

B&D: Top-Level Plumbing Expertise

Unless you know what you are doing, plumbing is not an easy task. You can ensure the success of a toilet installation by using the expert plumbers at B&D Industries. Whether you face constant clogging or a flooding bathroom floor, we’re here to help you replace your toilet. And because we know that emergencies don’t happen only during business hours, we have a 24/7 emergency service line to take your call whenever you need us.

Contact us today at 505-299-4464 or schedule an appointment online.