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Toilets 101: 3 Telltale Signs It's Time To Replace Your Throne

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A toilet is a vital home fixture. It's used everyday, multiple times per by day, by everyone in your household. If you are like most people, you probably don't give much thought to your toilet. Since toilets are designed to last for many years, you've probably never thought about replacing it. However, toilets are not infallible and over time they may begin to show signs of aging.

So when should you begin to think about replacing your toilet? Here are three telltale signs:

1. It's Cracked

Perhaps one of the most obvious signs that your toilet needs to be replaced is cracking. Over time, the porcelain of your toilet bowl may begin to crack. In most situations, the cracks are very small and do not cause much concern. However, any crack on your toilet is a serious problem. If left unattended, the cracks may begin to grow larger and cause leaks. Since your toilet constantly has water in it, any crack is dire – as it could cause serious water damage to your home.

If you do not want to replace your toilet, you might be able to repair the cracks. However, cracks must be small and located in the right area. If you would prefer to repair your toilet, instead of replacing it, contact a plumber to determine if it's possible.

2. It Moves

Another sign that you need a new toilet is feeling movement while sitting on it. Your toilet should be very sturdy and not move at all. If you begin to feel shifting while you sit on it, chances are good you need to replace it. When a toilet is no longer sturdy, it's no longer safe. The toilet could be moving for a number of reasons, however water damage underneath it is the most common. Unfortunately, this typically indicates that your toilet has been leaking for awhile – so it should be replaced.

In some instances, you might not need to replace the toilet. The toilet may simply be shifting due to loose bolts. Luckily, you can fix this by simply tightening the bolts down. However, if it still shifts you'll need to replace it.

3. Poor Efficiency

Finally, poor efficiency is another sign you need a new toilet. While this isn't an immediate or dire situation (like the ones above) it is a good reason to replace your toilet. Outdated toilets use a lot of water when flushing, which can affect your utility bills – especially in large households. If you've noticed that your water bill is sky high, a new toilet may help to lower your water usage. There are a variety of new toilets that use much less water. Some even offer two flushing options, which help to further lower your water bill.

While toilets are built to withstand a lot, they aren't foolproof. Even with proper maintenance and care, your toilet may need to be replaced. If you have noticed any of these issues, contact a local plumber to discuss replacing your toilet. Also, visit a website like to learn more.