Toilets are sturdy and meant to last. It is also easy to make minor adjustments or to replace inexpensive parts.
But you might reach a time when your toilet needs larger repairs or more expensive parts. When this happens, it might be time to buy a new toilet. While a new toilet is an investment, sometimes it costs less, in terms of money and headaches, than major plumbing problems that could result from a broken-down toilet.
Purchasing and installing a new toilet doesn’t mean you have to invest in a significant upgrade. But if you are thinking of selling your house, concerned about water efficiency, or just ready for something new, you have many options for a toilet upgrade. If you’re going to make the investment, choose a toilet that will work well and last a long time.
How do you know if it’s time to replace your toilet? Here are a few telltale signs that your toilet might be wearing out:
- Signs of small cracks – A crack in the toilet tank or bowl, even if minor, can break fast. You don’t want your toilet tank to burst in the middle of the night.
- Many things going wrong – Add up the costs of replacement parts for a simple fix. Keep in mind that those parts might not solve the problem. It might be more economical and less of a headache to buy a new toilet. A plumbing professional can help you determine the cost of repairs versus a new toilet.
- Things starting to go wrong – If you are just starting to notice problems with your toilet, you can begin researching and pricing the upgrade you would most like to purchase. Then you’ll have a cost comparison before you consider even minor repairs. A plumbing professional can help you find the best solution.
- Increasingly hard to keep clean – After years of cleaning, sometimes the abrasion takes its toll on the toilet bowl. Scratches appear. Dirt and mildew get stuck inside. An older toilet won’t look as squeaky clean as a new one. But cleaning your toilet shouldn’t be an Olympic sport. If you are exerting extra effort at toilet cleaning with no visible results, you might be ready for a squeaky clean, new toilet.
- Just not working efficiently anymore – Clogs happen occasionally. But if you are constantly having to re-flush, multiple times, and plunging regularly, that’s a sign of a toilet that is not working as it’s supposed to. It might be time for a new one. A plumbing repair professional can help you decide if the toilet is worth repairing or if a replacement is a better option.
If your toilet is old, and you’re experiencing any problems, you might just want to buy a new one and avoid expensive repairs. A new toilet can be a simple purchase, similar to the one you have now. But if you’re ready to invest in an upgrade, you can find a high-efficiency toilet that will cut down on your monthly water usage. If you’re thinking of putting your home on the market anytime soon, a high-efficiency toilet will add value and appeal.