Toilets – they’re probably one of the most frequented areas in your home, so it’s important to always have them working properly. However, knowing whether to repair or replace your toilets when it starts showing issues can be a tough decision. That’s why we’ve created this guide to help.

Signs you need a toilet repair

Before you look into replacing a toilet, you may want to see if it’s salvageable through repairs. Oftentimes, the problems are minor and can be fixed either by yourself or with the help of a professional plumber. 

Your toilet is making noise

While the occasional noise is normal, such as water running after flushing or the sound of flushing itself, other than that, your toilet should be relatively quiet. Gurgling, sucking, or other strange sounds may be a sign that a toilet repair is needed. 

Water running constantly

If your water is running constantly, it could be a sign that something within your tank isn’t working right. Usually, this can be fixed by adjusting your floater or investing in a new flapper.

Not flushing

Properly the easiest fix of all – if your toilet isn’t flushing, it may be clogged. If plunging doesn’t work, however, you may need to seek the help of a professional plumber. 

Signs you need to replace your toilet

At times, a toilet repair isn’t enough to save your toilet. As a result, you may find that replacing it is your best option. Here are some of the signs you should be looking into replacing your toilet. 

The bowl is cracked

Sometimes, a crack bowl is all it takes to need a toilet replacement. Cracks in the bowl of your toilet can lead to leaking, an expensive fix that isn’t guaranteed to last. 

Your toilet is old

Sometimes, the only reason you need to replace your toilet is the fact you’ve had it for several years. Older toilets are less efficient. Inefficiency can manifest in the form of needing to flush more to get the job done or an increase in utility bills. 

You have to fix it often

If you find yourself having to repair your toilet more often than you use it, then it may be time for you to start shopping for a new one. While your toilet may work in between repairs, it eventually becomes cheaper to invest in a new one rather than continuing to pay for repairs. 

This is especially true if each new repair involves buying new parts such as new flappers or floaters. 

How to properly care for your toilet

Caring for a toilet is easier than caring for most appliances, thankfully. The most important thing is to prevent damage – whether this is keeping items from falling and getting stuck in the toilet such as toothbrushes or hair brushes or causing cracks in the bowl. 

It’s also important to repair it as soon as an issue occurs. While a small chip in the bowl may be able to be fixed for a small price, once it grows into a large crack causing leaks, you’ll be better off replacing the entire toilet, which can be expensive. 

Final Thoughts

Whether you’ve decided to look into a toilet repair or replacing a toilet, you may find it best to hire a professional. Hiring a professional plumber can help guarantee that your toilet is properly installed and ready to go. 

JJ’s Plumbing is a professional residential plumbing service. Here, we’re founded on experience and the dedication to providing the best possible service for you. We also have made sure our team follows all COVID-19 guidelines for safety. To learn more or to hire us for a toilet repair or replacement, contact us today using our website or by calling us at 1-604-479-223.