When should you upgrade your toilet?

How Do You Know When You Need a New Toilet?

It’s a simple question with a not-so-simple answer. When can your toilet be repaired and when does it need to be replaced? Here are some signs it’s time to flush your old unit and get a new one.

Cracks and Leaks

If your toilet has visible cracks, it’s time to toss it. Once the structural integrity of the porcelain has been compromised, it’s only a matter of time before it begins leaking. If it has already started leaking, it’s past time for a replacement.

Recurring Clogs

Clogs are a semi-common part of life, but that doesn’t make them any less annoying. If you have an old low-flush toilet that’s frequently getting backed up, it might be time to upgrade. Weekly clogs are just too much.

Frequent Repairs

Repairs are necessary at times and fill valves and flappers do need to be replaced regularly. 

Flappers are made of rubber, which can harden or warp after four or five years, preventing them from properly sealing. This can cause a constant trickle that can waste hundreds of gallons a year, increasing your water bill. The fill valve also has a lifespan of around five years, and sometimes your water supply line might need to be replaced after 10 years or so.

If your toilet is needing more frequent repairs than these, it’s likely time to replace it. Frequent repairs add up and a new toilet could end up being the more affordable alternative.

Poor Flush Performance

Do you have to hold the lever down for the entire flush, or flush multiple times to clear the bowl? Modern toilets have higher flushing pressure that allows them to better get rid of waste while actually using LESS water than older toilets.

Cosmetic Purposes

The most common reason to replace a toilet is simply when it becomes outdated. If you’re remodeling your bathroom, updating your home appliances, or preparing to sell your home – then updating the toilet can enhance your home’s cosmetic appeal while also solving all of the issues above!

Replacing Your Toilet

Whether you need a simple toilet repair or a new toilet install, LEE Plumbing is here to help. Just give us a call at (918) 300-0404 or contact us online to request a quote.