Cracks and leaks:
Cracks in the porcelain of your toilet are not just cosmetic issues. They can lead to persistent leaks and water damage, which can mean costly repairs. A leaking toilet should not be ignored. So, if you notice cracks, especially in the tank or bowl, it’s a clear indication that your toilet needs replacing.
If your toilet is clogging frequently, despite mindful usage, there might be a deeper issue in your plumbing. Constant clogs could indicate a problem with the toilet’s trap or drain. While some clogs can be fixed with plunging, if the issue persists, it might be a sign of a larger problem so you may need to replace your toilet.
Older models may lack the flush power needed to do the job properly, leading to clogs and multiple flushes. This is inconvenient, can be embarrassing and wastes loads of water. Upgrading to a newer, more powerful and water-efficient toilet can significantly improve performance while saving water and the odd red face.
High water bills:
Older toilets tend to use more water per flush. A standard single-flush toilet typically uses around 11-13 litres per flush. Dual-flush toilets, which have a low-volume flush and a high-volume flush for bigger jobs, are more water-efficient. The low-volume flush typically uses around 3-4.5 litres, while the high-volume flush can use around 6-9 litres.
A running toilet:
If you’ve noticed a sudden increase in your water bills, it could be a running toilet which can be both annoying and wasteful. The most common cause of this is a faulty flapper: the rubber or plastic valve at the bottom of the tank that seals off the water in the tank from the bowl. You may also have fill valve problems. If the fill valve is not shutting off properly, the toilet runs continuously. Alternatively, cracks or damage that could lead to water leakage. It might well be time for a new toilet.
Wobbling and movement:
If you notice your toilet wobbling or moving when you sit on it, it could indicate problems with the seal. Repairing these issues can involve extensive work, making a replacement toilet a more practical choice.
Maybe your toilet works fine, but in terms of design, it’s a relic from centuries gone by. A bathroom do-up is an excellent opportunity to replace an outdated toilet with a modern, stylish one. Toilets now come in a variety of designs that look much more 21st-century and they have all sorts of enhanced features and efficiencies.
Lastly, consider the age of your toilet. Most toilets have a lifespan of about 10-15 years. If your toilet is reaching or has passed this age, it might be time to think about replacing it.
Time for a new toilet?
Being proactive about replacing your toilet could save you from ongoing fixes and expensive repairs from leaks. It can also dramatically lower your water bill. And who doesn’t love a nice throne?
If you’re not sure whether you need to replace your toilet, have a chat with one of our plumbers.
We can assess the condition of your toilet and provide expert advice. If a toilet replacement is necessary, we can help you choose the right model, and we’ll encourage you to install a low-flow or dual-flush toilet. Conserving water is crucial, particularly if you’re on tank water. We’ll also make sure your new toilet is installed correctly and will keep flushing happily for years to come.