Three Signs It's Time For A New Toilet

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Toilets can last for a decade or more, but like anything else, a time comes when they start to break down. If you're wondering when you should absolutely replace your toilet, then check this guide to find out if you're having any of these problems.

Constant Grunge Around Toilet Base

Toilets tend to accumulate a bit of dust and dirt, but if you regularly scrub the floor at the base of the toilet only for it to get dirty again, you likely have a problem on your hands.

When the toilet is properly secured to the floor, this won't happen. The reason you're noticing dirt and grime at the base of the toilet where it meets the floor is likely because there's a mild leak. Here's the bad news: what's leaking out is what you're flushing down the toilet. So anything you flush is seeping out into the floor, potentially damaging it, and more importantly, creating an unsanitary condition.

Cracks

Cracks are another sign that your toilet is at the end of its life. If cracks develop either in the toilet tank or the base of the toilet, your toilet doesn't have much time left. These cracks can seep or leak mildly, but the bigger problem is that the crack will gradually get worse under the weight of the toilet and the water it's holding. Once these cracks become severe enough, you can not only end up with a very bad leak, but the toilet can end up breaking entirely depending on where the crack is. This can suddenly leave you without a usable toilet, which is a huge problem for single toilet households.

Multiple Repair Jobs

Finally, you might consider replacing your toilet simply because there are too many repairs needed to fix it. Just like repairing a car, there comes a point where it ultimately is cheaper and more reasonable to replace the toilet entirely rather than continuing to repair it on a regular basis.

This might seem like a nuisance to you, but it may end up being more of a benefit than you think. Toilet technology continues to evolve, and more options are now available than ever before. For example, you might consider getting a dual-flush toilet, which gives you an option for flushing solids and liquids, which can dramatically reduce how much water you use every day. 

If you've had your toilet for a long time and have one or more of these problems, it's time to get a new toilet. Contact a plumber to help you find and install the right toilet for you.

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