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Three Signs Your Toilet Needs To Be Replaced

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Your toilet gets used every day, but how often do you actually think about this plumbing device and the shape that it is in? A broken toilet can quickly go from being mildly inconvenient to terribly destructive, causing flooding and sewage contamination. So be sure to keep an eye out for these signs that your toilet needs to be replaced.

It wobbles.

Your toilet should not move or shift at all when you sit down on it or when you push on one side of the tank. If it does wobble, this likely means that the bolts that connect the toilet to the floor have become loose. The wax seal is also probably broken. If the toilet is not leaking around the wax seal yet, it will be soon. You can try tightening the bolts, but if this does not work, your floor may have changed shape in a way that prevents the toilet from fitting properly. Your best bet is to have the toilet replaced. (The floor underneath it might need to be repaired, too.)

There's a crack.

Do you see any little cracks in the porcelain, either in the tank or in the main bowl area? Even if the crack is not currently located below the water level (and thus there is no leak), you should replace the toilet. A crack can quickly spread if you put stress on it at the right angle, and before you know it, the contents of the toilet will be on your floor. If only the bowl or tank is damaged and the toilet is relatively new, you may be able to get away with just replacing the one part that's broken.

The toilet is old.

Even if your toilet seems to be functioning properly, you may want to replace it if it was made before 1994. Prior to this date, toilets usually had a much larger flush volume, which means you're paying for a lot more water than you have to with every flush. If your toilet was made in the 80s, it's likely even less water efficient!  A new toilet will save you money in the long run and is also better for the environment since regulations ensure a low flush volume.

Replacing a toilet is a task that's typically best left to a plumber, since incorrect installation can cause extensive leaks and water damage. Contact a plumber from a company like Bill Rhiner's Plumbing, Heating & Cooling to schedule your appointment today.

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10 November 2016