When to Replace Your Toilet

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When to Replace Your Toilet

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Most people rarely think about their toilets unless they notice a major problem like a backflow. More often, they make minor DIY repairs to continue using the same toilet for years. The life expectancy of a toilet varies a lot and is usually determined by how you use and take care of it. Although commodes are designed to be used for several years, there are invariably some problems that surface from time to time. So, how do you know when to replace your toilet? If you are experiencing the following signs, it’s time you thought about getting a plumbing professional like Benjamin Franklin Plumbing to replace your toilet.

Unpleasant Appearance

Does your toilet look junky? If so, it may be time to replace your toilet. Due to years of usage, the chances are that the toilet will look a bit shoddy. This is because it accumulates noticeable stains and toilet rings in the bowl that aren’t easy to remove, even if you scrub it using a pumice stone. If you feel like you need to clean your toilet each day, and it still has an unpleasant look, it may be time to replace your toilet. The other reason for replacing it may be the toilet’s outdated color. In the 1970s, many turquoise and avocado toilets were installed. They didn’t have the modern color scheme. Modern toilets are easier to clean and maintain.

Lack of Comfort

On average, a person spends about 92 days in a bathroom over their lifetime –it may be more for others. As a result, comfort is an essential requirement in your toilet. For example, if your legs go numb while you are on the commode, the seat’s height and width may not have been properly designed to support your weight. Ensure your toilet seat is not too narrow or too small and that the height is not too low or too high. The standardized comfort height of a toilet is approximately 17-19 inches. Note that most cheap toilets are often uncomfortable, so consider this factor as you look for a new perfect toilet for your home.

Waste of Water and Money

If your toilet is an older model, flushing it regularly will have a negative effect on your monthly utility bills, so consider getting a modern one. Tank type toilets that were used before 1994 used to flush using approximately 3.5 to 8 gallons of water per flush. The federal guidelines that were enacted the same year required that more modern efficient toilets be used. These toilets were to be designed not to use over 1.6 gallons in each flush, helping you save water and money on your bills. Another option is to get a dual flush toilet that uses multiple buttons to flush varied levels of water. This helps you save more water, and that’s the main reason these toilets have become increasingly popular.

The Toilet Rocks or Wobbles

Modern energy efficient toilets are problematic if they rock or wobble on the base. This can be caused by a degraded wax ring under the toilet, loose mounting bolts at the base of the toilet, or a rotten sub-floor which is shifting under the weight of the toilet. If the ring or porcelain can be replaced without getting damaged, or the bolts can be tightened up without causing cracks, you can keep the toilet. However, a damaged subfloor should be repaired by a professional. You may need to replace your toilet with one that has a lower weight to ensure these problems don’t recur.

Excessive Repairs

Has your plumber been coming to your residence to augur the toilet regularly? When you sum up these visits, you may realize you are spending too much to maintain or repair the toilet. Mineral build-up in your toilet also creates unsightly rings in the bowl and disrupts the flow of water in or out of your toilet’s tank. If the toilet constantly requires repairs, you should replace your toilet with a modern model. Sometimes it’s more cost-effective to replace your toilet than to keep repairing it regularly.


Any leak from the toilet bowl or tank often goes undetected for a long time. This causes water damage to the flooring. If this continues, the entire floor or subfloor may have to be replaced. Such leaks also cause damage to the rooms that are below, in case the bathroom is upstairs. If you have an older toilet, it may be costly to keep finding and repairing such leaks. Additionally, such leaks cause water wastage, and this increases your utility bill.


Are you constantly seeing a puddle of water around the toilet? In most cases, it may be more than just a simple leak. Probably you have cracks in your tank. Since nothing lasts forever, your toilet may be too old, meaning that it’s more vulnerable to cracks. If there are cracks in your toilet tank, you may have to replace it. In case the toilet is working properly – it’s not clogged, flushing right, not running – but you are still seeing water around the bottom, this may mean that they are some cracks in the bowl or tank.

Should you DIY?

Toilet repair or installation is not a task you can should attempt yourself. You need to contact professionals like Benjamin Franklin Plumbing in Charlotte. Our technicians will you replace your toilet easily and quickly, so you can be sure it will function properly for several years. Always replace worn parts as soon as you notice them to ensure the new toilet functions longer. Always contact a professional to handle all your complex problems.
Additionally, our company is fully bonded, licensed, and insured and the services we provide to all our clients are unparalleled. Be sure to contact us today and you will not regret working with us.