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    3 Signs You Need to Replace Your Toilet

    It may not be a topic of conversation in most households, but the toilet is one of the most important fixtures in your home. Unfortunately, most homeowners do not place much emphasis on understanding or maintaining the toilets in their home, which can lead to issues that affect not only the toilet itself but also the plumbing system.

    Simple repairs may help restore the toilet back to proper working condition, but replacing one or more at one point in time may also be necessary. This guide and your plumber's help will teach you the signs it is time to replace your toilet.

    1. It's Constantly Clogging

    Clogs are common, especially if you regularly flush large amounts of waste and toilet paper. In addition, flushing items that are not actually flushable, such as cleaning or cleansing wipes, condoms, medications, and even toys, can lead to constant clogs.

    If your toilet is constantly clogging even though you use it properly, your toilet may be in distress.

    A worn or broken flapper may prevent your toilet from flushing. If the flapper is damaged, it will close early, reducing the amount of water that flows in and out of the toilet when flushing. This leads to chronic clogs.

    Constant clogs may also stem from an issue with the toilet's float.

    Flush the toilet and watch the water refill inside the tank. If it does not fill up to the fill line, the float may be damaged, reducing the amount of water flowing into the tank. Without adequate water inside the tank, your toilet will not flush properly.

    Finally, a blockage in your drain line or septic system can lead to constant clogs. In most cases, removing the blockage with a plunger will not be effective, so consider hiring a plumber to inspect and remove these deeper clogs.

    A blockage in your drain or septic system may not signal that you need to replace your toilet. However, these deeper clogs place a great deal of pressure on your toilet. This extra stress can damage the interior components of your toilet.

    2. It's Cracked or Leaking

    Even small fissures and cracks can lead to big problems for not only your toilet but also your home.

    These small cracks may allow water to drip out of the toilet, reducing its overall function while causing moisture damage in your home. Small amounts of water will damage floors and walls, requiring expensive repairs.

     Also, the water leaking from your toilet increases the risk of mildew and mold growth. Mold remediation is costly and overwhelming but imperative, since mold can lead to allergies, skin and eye irritations, and respiratory issues.  

    If you notice small cracks or see drops or puddles of water around your toilet, it is definitely time to replace it.

    3. It's Old and Inefficient

    The life expectancy of a toilet varies depending on the make, model, and your overall use and quality of maintenance. Most toilets do need to be replaced after around 15 years, though.

    By replacing the toilet around the expected lifespan of 15 years, you can ensure that your home and family have a functional toilet that is not clogging up or leaking water.

    You should also take note that older toilets are less efficient than newer models. Older models can use 5 to 7 gallons of water with each flush, while today's low-flow toilets only use 1.6 gallons of water per flush.

    Removing an old, stained, problematic toilet with a new, clean, low-flow model will add appeal and value to your home, making it a truly worthwhile investment.

    Whether you are renovating your bathroom or just want to improve function, appeal, and water-efficiency, replacing your toilet can be a great decision. To learn more about new toilets, contact King Rooter today.