You may not spare your toilet much thought — until it starts giving you trouble or stops working entirely. While a toilet replacement may be the last thing you want to spend money on, shelling out extra cash every month on increased utility bills is far from ideal either. And, you want to be in front of toilet repairs or a replacement before it’s required. So how do you know for sure whether or not you need to replace your toilet? Quality Plumbing of Gainesville Inc. can help you determine if a toilet replacement is worth it with these six signs.
There’s nothing worse than dealing with constant clogging when it comes to your toilet. After all, you should be able to use your toilet without the fear that it won’t flush. However, if your toilet clogs at least once a week, you may require a toilet replacement. Of course, the culprit may lay deeper in the pipes. That’s why it’s important to work with professional Gainesville plumbers who can utilize video camera pipe inspection to uncover the exact cause of your plumbing woes. If there’s a clog deeper in the pipes, our team can flush it out with hydro jet drain cleaning or replace the sewer lines if necessary.
Cracks in the commode or tank are an obvious indication something is wrong. Cracks cause leaks that can lead to structural damage and dangerous mold and mildew growth, while a constant leak, even a small one, can end up costing you a lot of money in just over a month. While plumbers may replace the tank separately, cracks in the bowl can be a symptom of a larger issue and require replacing the toilet. If you can’t locate any cracks but still see signs of a leak, a plumber can provide more insight.
If your toilet is wobbly, it could just be a matter of poor installation or degradation of the seal over time. However, it could also mean that the floor underneath has become unstable. This is usually caused by rotting due to consistent water exposure from leaks. While the leaking may be caused by something that can be fixed, a plumber will still need to be called out to evaluate the area, and part of the flooring may need to be replaced, if not the entire toilet.
A loose flusher or long flushing time may just be the symptom of bad internal components, which can often be inexpensively replaced. However, depending on the age of the toilet, it may be difficult to find parts that correctly fit inside the tank. Additionally, modern toilets are more efficient with water, so upgrading to a newer toilet can ultimately save you money in the long run.
If you’ve needed toilet repairs more than once, it’s probably just a bad toilet that needs to be replaced. While some plumbing companies might be happy to keep taking your money for repairs, our plumbers will always provide you with the best tips for you and not for our profits. Your satisfaction is our bottom line.
Water efficiency upgrades aside, toilets can last for a good long time. In fact, most brands boast a 25-year lifespan when properly maintained. However, each household is different, and increased usage can reduce the likelihood of your toilet meeting that mark. If you have a house full of family or your home is the place where all your friends gather, you may want to replace your toilet sooner rather than later.