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When Should You Replace A Toilet?

How to Determine When to Replace Your Toilet  

Do you know when it’s time to replace your toilet? It’s important to know when it’s time to upgrade your bathroom’s most important fixture.

Wear and tear can have an impact over time, and that’s when it’s time to ask ourselves, “Is it time for a new toilet?”
The signs may be subtle or glaringly obvious, from constant leaks around the base, leaking cistern, a broken seat, revolting stains or it is old and ugly.


Identifying a Faulty Toilet

You may have noticed that your loo isn’t functioning properly – it’s a sign that it’s time to look into getting a replacement! The most common signs of a faulty toilet are clogged drains, water stains, and rusty tanks. 

  • If you’re having trouble with clogs, it’s likely that your toilet is not draining properly. This is a warning sign that your toilet may need to be replaced and your drains cleaned out.
  • Constant water around the base of the toilet. The seals may need replacing and if that doesn’t fix it – A new toilet is needed

A new toilet will not only be more efficient, but it will also be much safer to use. It’s important to ensure that your toilet is functioning properly to avoid any costly repairs or water damage in the future. Investing in a new toilet now can save you many dollars in the long run.

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Signs of a Leaking Toilet

If you’re noticing wet spots on the floor around your toilet, it’s a sign that your toilet is likely leaking. Leaking toilets can cause a number of problems, including:

1. Water damage to your flooring

2. Seepage issues in the area surrounding the toilet

3. Unusual noises coming from the toilet

If something smells off in the bathroom or around your toilet, that’s a clear indicator of a potential leak.
But that’s not all—keep your ears open too! A bubbling toilet could be a cry for help, suggesting that the seal between the tank and the bowl has worn out.

Issues with Flushing

Flushing issues can be indicative of a range of underlying problems and should be addressed promptly to avoid further water wastage. Common problems you should look for include clogged drains, overflowing water, and blocked pipes. 

  • If your toilet’s flushing performance is not well, it might be because the flapper valve is not properly sealed or the flush valve is broken.
  • Another culprit could be a compromised seal or wax ring, which is responsible for securing the toilet to the floor. Therefore, inspecting the pipes and the flush valve to determine the cause is important. 
  • If the seal or the wax ring around the toilet’s base is worn or damaged, it may need to be replaced. 
  • If the pipes are blocked, it may be necessary to unclog them using a plunger.

If any of the above issues exist, it is time to consider replacing your toilet. A new toilet can be energy efficient and help reduce water wastage, which can save you dollars in the long run. A new toilet can also be more aesthetically pleasing and improve the look of your bathroom. Therefore, investing in a new toilet can be a wise move that pays off in the future.

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Stains or Damage to the Porcelain

Stains in the bowl. Hard water and mineral build up can cause almost impossible stains to remove.
Do not try and use scrapers or steel wool to rub or scrape off the build up.
You will end up scratching the porcelain and leaving grey scratch marks in the bowl. This will also attract more minderal build up as it has a rough surface to adhere to!
Using products like Scalex or even pool acid can remove a lot of this build up. But if it isn’t budging, a new toilet will be the only option.

The Seat or Lid is Broken

Sometimes a toilet seat can be replaced. And this is a wise move if the seat is looking worse for wear. Over time white plastic seats do discolour. In some cases wiping them down with bleach or bleaching agents can make the yellowing worse!
Toilet seats are not designed to be washes down with bleach.
An all purpose cleaner or even vinegar is enough to clean a toilet seat.
If the seat has broken away from the toilet and the fittings are damaged, it may be easier to replace it instead of trying to source a new seat and hardware.

Choosing a New Toilet 

It can be really troublesome to choose the right toilet for your home, so it’s wise to get a plumber’s help to ensure you’re selecting the best option. When choosing a new toilet, there are several factors to consider:

  • Low-flow toilets: A low-flow toilet is one that uses twenty per cent less water than a standard toilet. This helps conserve water and can save you dollars on your water bill.
  • Rimless: Many styles are now rimless and this means easier cleaning. No more crud sitting under the toilet rim
  • Water efficiency: Look for toilets with a WaterSense label. These toilets are constructed to use less water but still provide a powerful flush.
  • Flush Capacity: Check to make sure the toilet you’re considering has enough capacity to handle all of your flushing needs. A larger flush capacity can help reduce water waste.
  • Style and design: Make sure the design of the toilet you choose complements the look of your home. With a wide array of captivating styles and colours at your disposal, you’re bound to discover the perfect toilet that seamlessly complements your home’s unique character.

The right toilet can help conserve water, save money, and look great in your bathroom.

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Installing a New Toilet

Installing a new toilet requires a plumber. You are dealing with sewerage and waste. It needs to be done to prevent toilet water leaking.
Before the installation, the plumber will make sure that the water supply is properly shut off and that the old toilet is disconnected from the water supply. They will also check the flange and make sure it is sealed with the wax ring and sealant tape so that it won’t leak. This is important for water saving and to ensure the new toilet is properly installed.

The plumber will then install the new toilet, using the appropriate connectors and screws to attach the seat and tank. Also, they will inspect the water supply line and replace any defective parts. Additionally, they will make sure the tank is connected properly to the toilet bowl and that the toilet flushing system is working properly.

The plumber will then test the toilet for any potential leaks and check to make sure the seal is tight. They will also check the toilet buttons to ensure it works properly and that the toilet is flushing correctly. Once the plumber has checked everything, they will thoroughly explain the installation process and any other relevant information.

Bid farewell to your outdated toilet!

Plumbmaster Plumbing is your local Hills District Plumber.
Our crew of skilled plumbers is here to rescue you from the clutches of leaky, finicky toilets.
Whether the toilet needs a quick fix or needs to be replaced entirely, we’ve got you covered.
With our expertise and dedication, we’ll have your bathroom boasting a shiny new throne that will leave you feeling like royalty.
So don’t wait a moment longer—reach out to us and let us transform your bathroom into a haven of modern convenience and comfort.
Get in touch today!

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