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Ready for a Change? 4 Signs It's Time for New Toilets

by April Rivera

When it comes to the things you use in your home on a daily basis, your toilet is probably the most overlooked of them. That is, until you start having trouble with it. If your toilet is older than you are, or it's giving you more trouble than it's worth, it's time to have it replaced. Take a look at the signs described below. If you're familiar with any of them, you need a new toilet.

You See Visible Cracks

It's not always easy to tell if you need a new toilet. However, if you can see visible cracks in the porcelain, that's a sure sign you need to have your toilet replaced. Those small cracks can start to spread quickly. Once they do, you could be looking at a total toilet collapse. If that happens, you're going to have a watery mess in your bathroom. Unfortunately, if you, or someone else, is occupying the toilet when it collapses, you could also be looking a serious injuries.

Your Toilet Isn't High-Efficiency

If the toilet in your home right now isn't high-efficiency, you need a new one. That's because your outdated toilet is wasting a lot of water, which is wasting your money each month. If you're not sure how much water you're wasting, here's something for you to consider. An average outdated toilet uses up to 7 gallons of water per flush, while a high-efficiency toilet only uses up to 1.6 gallons of water per flush. That's a lot of wasted water once you add up the number of toilets you have in your home, and the number of times they're flushed each day.

You Hear Water Leaking

If you hear water leaking from your toilet, or the water level in your toilet bowl keeps going down between flushes, the first thing you should do is replace the flushing mechanism inside the tank. If you continue to hear water leaking, you have a crack somewhere in the toilet that's causing you to lose water. If your earlier inspection for cracks didn't identify any, the crack could be further down in the base of the toilet.

Your Plunger Lives Next to the Toilet

If your plunger has taken up permanent residency next to your toilet, and you're battling clogs on a daily basis, it's time to replace your toilet. Older toilets can build up hard water deposits that make it difficult for waste to flush all the way through. Stop the stubborn clogs by replacing your old toilets.

For more information on toilet repair or replacement, contact a local professional.