What Are the Signs My Toilet Is Broken?

September 29, 2021

If you’re like most people, you probably don’t pay your toilet much attention until something goes wrong with it—and when something goes wrong, it’s natural for you to start wondering, “Do I need a new toilet?”

At some point, the answer to this question will be “yes.” All major appliances in your home have a certain expected lifespan, and after years of use, they will be more prone to developing issues that necessitate replacement.

Rather than jumping straight to replacement as a solution, though, you should consider inspecting the toilet carefully and consulting with a plumber to determine if you need to install one or can repair your existing one.

Do I need a new toilet? Issues to consider

Here are a few of the telltale signs that toilet replacement is necessary:

  • Cracks in the tank: There are some types of cracks that can be repaired, depending on the size and location. Other types of cracks, however, can prevent usable operation and result in significant leaks or sanitary issues. If there is a crack that does not affect the operation of the toilet or cause leaks, you should be able to seal it up and continue using the existing toilet. But when the crack is the source of extensive problems, your best bet will likely be to replace it.
  • You’ve sunk a lot of money into repairs: If you’ve already spent a lot of time and money on repairing your toilet, you’re probably better off just buying a new one to skip the hassle and avoid further costs. You’ll save money in the long run by making a new purchase rather than continually repairing an old, broken-down unit.
  • It’s already old: Even if your toilet is still working properly, it’s probably a good idea to replace it if you’ve had it for decades. Older toilets are less efficient, which means they use more water and increase the expense of your water bill. You can also find newer toilets that have dual flush technology for improved water efficiency.
  • You’re remodeling: If you’re performing a bathroom remodel, it’s worth your while to include a new toilet in that process, unless you’ve only recently had your toilet replaced. You can then choose a toilet that will match the rest of the fixtures and appliances you will be installing.
  • You feel wobbling: In some cases, all you need to do to correct issues with a wobbling toilet is tighten a few bolts. However, there other times when wobbling means there’s floor damage or rotting underneath, which could be a sign of some significant issues that require professional attention. If you know the issue isn’t with the connection to the floor and bolts, you should get a plumber out to inspect the issue.

If you’ve gone through your inspections and believe it’s time to replace your toilet, PlumbSmart Plumbing Heating & Air is your best choice for finding the plumbing assistance you need. Contact us today to learn more about the services and products we offer.

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