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How do you know it’s time to replace your toilet?

By February 15, 2019No Comments

Clogging More Than Once a Week

There are a lot of essential appliances around our home, and there is one you absolutely do not want to be without… your toilet. Just like anything else you may need to maintain your toilet every once in a while. Unfortunately, toilets do expire. Here are some helpful telltale signs that your toilet might need to be replaced.

It Just Won’t Stop Clogging Up!

It is very reasonable to experience a toilet clog every once in a while. However, if random or recurring clogs continue it may indicate an issue. Clogs may be due to an old toilet with worn out components or a faulty toilet tank mechanism. If you find yourself having to unclog the toilet more than once a week, you should consider replacing your toilet.

Cracks in the Porcelain

When you walk into your restroom and see a puddle of water, you may want to inquire for any cracks on the porcelain. Look for cracks in the toilet bowl and tank. A proper technique to check for cracks is to run your fingernail against the porcelain if your nail gets caught then maybe you found the culprit. In the case you did not find a crack, get some food coloring dye and place it in the toilet tank. Wait a couple of minutes and see where the dye leads you.

Repair after Repair after Repair

Your toilet is an appliance that does not need much maintenance over the years. The occasional replacement of the flapper or toilet seat may occur, but if continuous repairs to the toilet happen consider replacing it. In the long run, you might end up spending less with a whole new toilet rather than repairing your current one.

Save Water and Money

If you are considering buying a new low-flush toilet, the water you save may be reason enough to replace it. Nowadays, water efficient toilets have drastically lowered the standard of the gallons per flush. Most use less than 2 gallons of water compared to 3-gallon or even 5-gallon flush toilets, which equates to money saved on your yearly water bill.

Hard Water Deposits

Something that goes unseen is the build-up of water deposits. They often occur underneath the toilet bowl rim in the siphon tube. It keeps water from flowing freely and makes the toilet inept. It’s possible to clear out some of the deposit by chipping away at it but replacing your toilet might be the best idea.

Exterior Damage

Having a lot of scratches on the surface of the toilet can lead to an unwanted mess. It makes cleaning the toilet that much harder and may build up bacteria due to improper cleaning. The scratches are more prominent with older toilets due to the years of scrubbing them. Replacing the toilet might be a good idea to ease the cleaning process or just for cosmetic reasons.

At the end of the day, many signs may point to needing to replace your toilet. If you find yourself here, contact Lowery Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning (806) 741-0519.

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