If you're like most people, you probably don't spend much time thinking about the toilets in your home. But like everything else in a house, toilets will eventually wear out and need to be replaced. Being proactive can ensure that your toilet is replaced before major problems occur. A few of the signs that it is time to call a plumber to install a new toilet include:
Over time, the tank of a toilet can develop cracks and begin leaking water. If you notice puddles of water behind your toilet or around the sides, they may be caused by a cracked toilet tank that is leaking. If you see puddles near the front of the toilet and around the sides, this may be a sign that the toilet bowl has developed cracks. In some cases, a plumber may be able to repair the cracks and stop the leaks, but in most situations, it makes more sense to just buy a new toilet and have it installed by a plumber.
A toilet should be completely secure and steady when a person is sitting on it. If you begin to notice that your toilet feels wobbly or moves from side to side when in use, it is important to have a plumber look at it as soon as possible. Sometimes the instability can be caused by bolts that have become loose and tightening them can solve the problem. But in more serious cases, an unsteady toilet may be a sign that the floor around the toilet is damaged or rotting; if this happens you will need to have your old toilet removed and the flooring repaired before having a new toilet installed.
Very Old Toilet
If your toilet is decades old, it is a good idea to plan on replacing it. Old toilets are designed differently than newer models that have come out the past couple of decades, and they can use a lot of water during each flush. The toilets of today are designed to be more efficient and use as little water as possible when a toilet is flushed. Replacing your very old toilet can result in big savings on your monthly water bill.
If you find yourself having to call a plumber on a regular basis because of problems with a toilet, it is probably in your best interest to get a new one. A new toilet can eliminate the stress of plumbing problems and save money over time since you won't need to hire a plumber to make toilet repairs.