Your toilet is one of those fixtures that you never think about — until it's not working. Whether you've been living in your home for many years or recently purchased a home, it may be time to replace that old toilet to avoid emergency repair situations.
If you're unsure about when you're supposed to replace a toilet, certain signs may indicate you need a new one. While these problems can signal you may need a replacement, you may be able to do some toilet maintenance instead of a total replacement. Here are three signs it may be time to replace your toilet.
1. Cracks and Leaks
This is probably the most complicated issue to fix with your toilet. Cracks and leaks in your toilet can be a messy — and really gross — problem. You can fix smaller hairline cracks, but larger cracks will probably require a replacement. You can try to seal the smaller cracks if you don't want to replace the entire toilet, but it could take a significant amount of time and may not last very long.
For larger, wider cracks, you'll have to replace the toilet. Even smaller cracks that are underwater may require you to replace the whole toilet. A cracked toilet isn't just a visual problem — it affects the functionality and cleanliness of your entire bathroom.
When the toilet isn't connected to the base at the flange evenly, the toilet will be raised up slightly in the middle and can cause the wobbling or rocking. Usually, a simple fix can stop the wiggling!
First, you should check the bolts at the base of the toilet. If you tighten them and it still wobbles, you'll have to do a little bit more. Installing some shims to even the height around the base of the toilet and caulking them in place can often fix this issue. But, before you put the shims in place, be sure to check for any leaks around the base that may indicate more serious issues.
If you go through these steps and the toilet is still shaking, call in a professional to take a look — you may need to replace it.
3. Not Flushing Properly
If your toilet takes a long time to flush, doesn't flush all the way, has a continuous flush or won't flush at all, you'll want to fix it quickly. Solving these issues can involve anything from a simple DIY fix to a total replacement.
A toilet that doesn't flush properly isn't just irritating — it can waste water and be embarrassing, too. Depending on the toilet's age, you may be able to get it flushing like normal by making some adjustments in the tank or replacing a few parts. But, if the toilet is really old, replacing it may be your best option. If the toilet isn't flushing as it should, it may have other issues going on, too.
When you experience any of these issues, some simple plumbing maintenance may do the trick. But, it also gives you a chance to decide if replacing the entire toilet is the better option.
If you need a local professional to take care of the maintenance or need help with the replacement project, choose Mr. Rooter of Oneida! To learn more about our available services or to schedule your appointment, please contact us today!