How You Know When You Need to Replace Your Toilet

when you need to replace y our toiletEven though we use them daily, most people don’t consider the working condition of their toilet until something goes wrong. After years of usage your toilet can start to degrade just like any other home appliance. While most issues are a simple fix, some problems might require a full replacement.

Porcelain Damage

Even hairline cracks that develop in the porcelain tank or bowl of your toilet could turn into a flood of water at a moment’s notice. Although a small crack might not seem like a problem, there are a number of ways it could become a bigger issue. Porcelain cracks that extend through the toilet are common sources of leaks. Pressure or unexpected damage can cause a crack to worsen or lead to the porcelain shattering completely, leaving you with a ruined floor, drywall damage and even mold issues. If you spot a crack it is always a good idea to replace the toilet before it breaks completely.

Recurring Clogs

If your toilet plunger is getting used more than normal, it might be time to opt for a full replacement. Older toilets may start to require more than one flush to get rid of all the waste in the bowl. Low water levels, old parts or a clogged bowl and pipelines could all prevent your toilet from flushing properly. Years of age can’t just be repaired. A brand new model will ensure you only need one flush to get the job done.

Constant Repairs

No matter what the issue is, having to constantly repair a toilet could eventually cost more than the unit itself is actually worth. Replacing pieces such as the handle and fill valve are relatively simple jobs but still take time and money. Having to replace the same parts several times every few years adds up quickly. If you need a repair or expect to replace a part sometime in the near future, it might be cheaper and easier to buy a brand-new toilet free of issues.

Saving Water

Even if your toilet is working properly, older units just can’t measure up to toilets being manufactured today. Modern technology has made significant improvements, especially when it comes to water usage and conservation. Specially designed low-flush toilets use less than two gallons of water per flush, compared to the three or five gallon flush of older models. Some toilets even have a dual flush mechanism, where flushing liquid waste uses less water than solid waste. Not only do low-flow toilets help you save money on your water bill, they’re also better for the environment.

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Toilet Repair and Replacement in Seattle

Whether your toilet is in need of a few small repairs or a complete replacement, South West Plumbing can help solve all your toilet and plumbing problems. All our plumbers come prepared with fully-stocked tools and supplies to get the job done right. Contact us today for more information or to schedule a service appointment.