How to Know If Your Toilet Needs Replacing

Signs that your commode needs to go!


Due to how often we use them, it’s no wonder toilets eventually break down and need replacing. Replacing your toilet can be beneficial, especially if the model you currently have is past its prime. But how do you know whether or not your commode needs replacing? You may need to replace your toilet if it is…


1. Old

Did you know Americans spend more than $5 billion dollars a year flushing their toilets? This is, in part, due to old toilets using more water than necessary to flush. So what constitutes as an “old” toilet? If your toilet was made before 1995, it’s time to say goodbye to Old Faithful and switch to a newer and better model.


2. Inefficient

If you’re able to mentally write half a grocery list in the time it takes your toilet to flush, you should replace your toilet! Getting a more efficient toilet can save you thousands of gallons of water per year, which could end up saving you money as well. In fact, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, replacing your toilet with a WaterSense labeled model could reduce your water usage by 20 to 60 percent. This could save you anywhere from $110 to $230 per year on your water bill!


 3. Cracked

Cracks cause leaks, which cause your water bill to skyrocket. As soon as you notice your toilet is cracked, get it fixed or totally replace the toilet immediately.


4. Easily clogged

Does your toilet need a “Caution: Large Load” sign attached to it? Occasional clogs and overflows are to be expected. But if you use a plunger on a regular basis (more than once a week), it might be time to look for a replacement. Clogs and overflows are more common the older your toilet is; so remember, if your toilet was made in the mid-‘90s, it’s probably time for an upgrade.


5. Unreliable

Has your toilet stopped working the way it should? Perhaps you’ve fixed and re-fixed it and it is still having issues. If all a toilet needs is a simple fix, that’s one thing. But if your toilet needs a lot of fixing to get it back in working order, it may be more cost-effective to simply purchase a new one.


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