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When to Replace a Toilet: A Quick Guide

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Staring at your toilet and wondering if it’s time for a new one? There are a few telltale signs that point to “yes”!

While repairs can help with quick or minor fixes, there are some issues that require a new unit altogether. Today, we’re sharing when to replace a toilet, and how to get in touch with a team that can take care of this step for you!

1. The Tank is Cracked

Is water pooling around the base of your toilet? This is a sign that your tank could be cracked.

Inspect it from both the inside and the outside to see if this is the case. If you do see a crack, that’s not necessarily a sign that you have to replace your toilet. Depending on the location, it may be repairable.

However, if your crack is located lower than your tank’s water line, a new toilet tank is usually required. In this case, a full toilet replacement is usually your most economical and functional route.

2. It’s Over a Quarter-Century Old

The Energy Policy Act of 1992 mandated that toilets installed after 1994 were required to have a flush volume of 1.6 gallons per flush. 

Before this policy went into effect, toilets could use up to around five gallons per flush. If your toilet is 26 years old or older, there’s a high chance that it’s running at an inefficient pace. This means while it might still technically work fine, you’re not enjoying the energy and cost savings you could receive with a newer model.

3. Water Runs All the Time

It’s normal to hear water running for a short period of time after you flush. Yet, what happens if it never stops running?

Not only does this plumbing problem use up a ton of water, but it also could signal a much bigger issue is at play. If the incessant running is simply caused by a leaky flapper valve, your plumber can resolve that problem without requiring a replacement.

Other times, non-stop running is a sign that your tank’s fill valve is broken, which may require a replacement. Your plumber can inspect the issue and advise you on the best next steps.

4. You’re Constantly Fixing It

You didn’t sign up to moonlight as a plumber. 

If you’re always researching ways to fix your plumbing issues or make your toilet run more smoothly, it might be time to invest in a new unit altogether. Your toilet should be a part of your house that you can use comfortably without thinking twice. If you’re dedicating your weekends to at-home DIY repairs, you’ll save time, money and sanity by springing for a replacement.

Wondering When to Replace a Toilet? Let Us Help

Sometimes, it can be difficult to know if the plumbing issue you’re facing is minor or massive. Before you jump to conclusions and buy a new unit, call us to take a look!

Since 2006, we’ve provided trusted, professional plumbing services to residential and commercial customers in the Ferndal and Metro Detroit Areas. We’ll help you understand when to replace a toilet, and when a repair can make all the difference!

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