One plumbing fixture you may not think of replacing is your toilet, but it is possible for it to become damaged over time and require that you get a new one. Here are some signs that you need to replace your toilet.
The Toilet Constantly Runs
Once a toilet has been flushed, it should continue to run for enough time to fill up the water reserve tank in the bank. However, the water may be continuing to run for a very long time, which is an indication that water is leaking from the water reserve tank and getting into the toilet bowl. This can be caused by something as simple as a flapper that is broken or loose, so it is worth trying to fix this part to see if it improves the problem with running water. If the toilet continues running after fixing the flapper, it is a sign that you have a bigger problem that could require replacing the toilet. For instance, the water reserve tank may have a crack in it that is very difficult to fix.
The Toilet Wobbles
A wobbly toilet can sometimes be fixed by making sure the bolts along the base of the toilet are tight. If this is not doing the trick, it may be due to the base of the toilet being damaged and no longer sitting flush with the floor. While you can try propping up the toilet so that it sits flush, it may not be the ideal solution for you. Consider replacing the toilet with a new one to fix it for good.
The Toilet Leaks Water
Do you have water on the floor around your toilet? If so, this can be due to the toilet bowl becoming cracked. There is a quick solution to fix it by filling the crack with a sealant; it is only a temporary solution. That sealant can fail and allow water to go all over your bathroom floor again. Consider getting a brand-new toilet to avoid a surprise mess on your floor down the road.
The Toilet Is Old
When you have one of the problems previously mentioned, also consider the age of your toilet. If it has been in your home for decades, now may be a good time to upgrade to a new toilet that is more efficient at using water. Some toilets even have settings for solid and liquid waste which use more or less water respectively to flush.
For more information, contact your local bathroom plumber today.