Toilets endure a lot. It should come as no surprise that our toilets eventually need to be replaced. In fact, the majority of experts advise replacing your toilet once every ten to fifteen years. If maintained properly, it might survive longer, but in most cases you'll need a new one sooner or later.
So the question is, how can we tell when a toilet has to be replaced? The solution is not that easy. There are other factors at play in addition to the age of the bathroom fixtures.
All around Long Island, we at Order a Plumber Inc. deal with homeowners. We've been diagnosing toilets for years. Here, we'll discuss the telltale symptoms of fixture wear and tear and when an upgrade is necessary.
Wet Spots On The Ground
Puddles near the bathroom have several possible meanings. It might be necessary to replace the seal at the toilet's base. It might also imply that the porcelain has a crack someplace. If the latter, the tiny issue will grow significantly.
Cracks can occasionally be fixed, but it's usually advisable to replace the old toilet with a new one if it has too many.
If you're frequently utilizing your plunger, something isn't right. Either you're flushing way too much tissue down the toilet, or your toilet isn't flushing as frequently as it formerly did. A weak flush may indicate low water pressure, but it may also indicate a broken toilet.
The mechanical components deteriorate with time. Because toilets take more time to flush, debris is left behind, clogging the drain. Yes, we can hire a professional to remove the obstruction, but if it persists, it would be more cost- and time-effective to install a new toilet.
It Never Stops Running
It could be time to upgrade if the toilet tank is always making that bothersome sound of running water. The tank needs to be refilled for each flush, so toilets run. The toilet must automatically reset once the tank is full, and the tank should stop filling until the subsequent flush.
Flushing and tank refilling get slower with time. We've all found ourselves trying to stop the water by jiggling the toilet handle. In the worst-case scenario, lift the tank's lid to reposition the overflow tube and flapper. In either case, you shouldn't have to regularly put up with this irritation.
Will Not Flush
A bigger issue exists here than a delayed flush or a running toilet tank. If you go flush but nothing happens, the solution is either very straightforward or very difficult.
Simple problems include the possibility of the chain connecting the handle and overflow tube snapping. A cheap chain replacement is necessary here. No issue. On the heavier side of things, a non-flushing toilet indicates trouble even if the chain is OK and everything appears to be in working condition.
Flushing A Number Of Times
Have you ever flushed the toilet and it flushed itself twice on its own? It's not possessed, but it might be broken. A toilet's flapper may have to be replaced if it flushes on its own. Your toilet thinks you struck the flush handle because there is no longer a seal at the base of the overflow tube.
Another possibility is a crack in the toilet tank. An age- and wear-related symptom is a little crack close to the flapper. Other than sealing it up or purchasing a new unit, there isn't much you can do. A specialist can examine and inform you of your best course of action.
The Bowl Of Calcium
Homes with hard water experience calcium accumulation. Even if hard water can be resolved, the problem could extend beyond the calcium in the water. Although it won't fix the toilet, a water softener will treat the water.
Water flow is necessary for a successful flush. Because of accumulation further inside the toilet, hard water may be gathering beneath the rim. This accumulation closes apertures over time, reducing water flow. Even with expert tools, certain locations are difficult to access. It may be too late to repair the toilet if the issue has persisted.
Contact Us for More Information on Toilet Trade Out
In Long Island, we at Order a Plumber have some knowledge of toilets. We take care of keeping your toilet in good working order so you can concentrate on other aspects of your life. For a broken bathroom fixture, forget about being a do-it-yourself plumber. Call us right away to upgrade.