Toilets are one of the most used water using appliances within your home, seeing multiple uses a day. This constant wear and tear can take a toll on your toilet, which can cause a number of issues that can affect its performance. A toilet that is not working properly or has other issues can be a major disruption to your daily schedule. Fortunately, there are a few early warning signs that you should watch for to determine when you should start thinking about replacing your current toilet with a new one.

Cracks

One of the most obvious signs that you should start thinking about replacing your current toilet is if you notice any sort of cracking or physical damage to the bowl or tank. These can cause leaks, which can drive your water bills up each month and also cause water damage in the surrounding area in your bathroom. You can check to see if a leak has developed by putting food coloring into your toilet tank and bowl: if any colored water ends up on the outside of your toilet, you know you have a leak and should consider replacement. Even if a leak isn't present, cracks point to the age of your toilet and indicate that such a leak is not too far off.

Frequent Clogs

Another sign that you may have to replace your toilet is if you are experiencing constant clogs, to the point where you have to use a plunger several times a week. This can be due to a number of different reasons, including not enough water flowing down the toilet with each flush, to too narrow of a base underneath, or even simply outdated plumbing underneath the toilet that needs to be replaced. In any case, getting in touch with a plumbing contractor to take a look at your toilet will identify the issue and help you determine the best path forward.

Scratched Porcelain

Finally, though not particularly a functional issue, the last major reason why you may want to consider replacing your current toilet is if you notice that the porcelain is scratched. This can happen normally over time due to age and wear. Scratched porcelain will hold onto solid waste and other substances, which can leave your toilet stained and looking dirty and unattractive. This can ruin the overall appearance of your bathroom's design and is quite eye catching due to porcelain's normal white color.

Contact a company, like All Rooter Inc., for more help.

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