Is It Time For A Replacement?
For most homeowners, maintaining your home and ensuring everything is in working order is your top priority. One of the most important systems in your home that you need to maintain is your plumbing. But, every once in a while, we are presented with an issue that can’t be ignored. A common problem that arises is your toilet not working properly, or it appears to be damaged. This can be frustrating in many ways but especially when it’s time to give in and replace the toilet entirely.
Just like most appliances, toilets aren’t built to last forever. The mechanical parts of a toilet will inevitably wear out after years of constant use. If you find yourself needing to repair the rubber flappers, cracks or leaks, it may be time to consider a replacement. The harder your water pressure is, the more wear and tear it has on metal components like pull chains. Regularly cleaning your toilet will help improve the longevity of your toilet’s function.
If you notice that your toilet is constantly running or spontaneously refilling itself, this indicates a worn or damaged flapper. Of course, water running for a short time after you flush is normal, but if it never stops, that is not a good sign. Check the flapper to make sure it’s not leaking and make sure the water level is not too high and running into the overflow pipe by adjusting the float. While this doesn’t usually call for replacing your toilet if this is the only problem, sometimes this fix doesn’t work. The toilet could have a broken fill valve in the tank or another problem.
It’s safe to say that we all have dealt with a clogged toilet in our lifetime. While a clog is not uncommon, random or recurring clogs can indicate a bigger issue. Clogs from excess flushing or inappropriately flushed items can result in overflows and nasty plunging experiences. Bottom line: if you find yourself plunging due to random stoppages more than once a week, it’s time to hang up the plunger, call a plumber or consider replacing your commode.
Leaks, bad seals, broken flanges, and invisible hairline cracks are sneaky and are often overlooked. Damage to flooring surrounding your toilet and an overall spongy feel to the floor are all signs of a toilet leak. If not addressed, you can experience possible mildew, rot, and structural damage. If left alone, a leaking toilet can cause water damage throughout your house.
Has your water bill suddenly increased without any other explanation? Check for a leak. Depending on the type of leak you are dealing with, replacing your toilet is probably the most cost-effective move you can make.
Do You Need A New Toilet?
There can be various signs that your toilet needs to be replaced, but be sure you call a professional to do the job no matter the reason. Contact us today and let us help you replace your toilet or help with any other plumbing needs. Stephen’s Plumbing can help you find the right solution to your problem.