For many people, the first item we think of when we hear the word “plumbing” is the toilet. As the single piece of plumbing we interact with most on a daily basis, this makes sense.
At My Buddy the Plumber in St. George, toilets and all their related parts are part of our comprehensive plumbing services. Whether you’re dealing with a toilet that won’t quit running or one that’s badly clogged and requires more than a plunger to clear it out, our plumbers are always on hand to help. We can also assist you with another big toilet-related factor: When your toilet has reached the end of the line and requires replacement. Let’s look at a few of the signs that this might be the case.
Wobbling While Sitting
In some cases, wobbling from the toilet when you sit on it might simply mean that some of the screws holding the bowl down have come loose. Check these first – if that’s all it was, a quick screwdriver and some elbow grease will solve your issue.
On the other hand, though, your toilet may wobble because water damage has taken place to the floor underneath it. In this case, the screws simply won’t be able to hold as tightly. This doesn’t necessarily always mean you need a replacement, but at the very least you’ll need to assess the issue and work with our plumbers to see what your next step should be.
Toilets are made of porcelain, which is strong but still susceptible to cracking over time. Even small cracks here can cause water to puddle and leak around the base of your toilet, which can both increase your water bill and cause the same kind of water damage that leads to toilets wobbling.Rather than continue to deal with these, you should consider a new toilet.
If your toilet clogs once or twice a year because someone puts the wrong thing down it, you probably don’t have to worry. If random clogs take place far more often, though, this is generally a sign of a larger toilet issue. These are most common with older, low-flush toilets that have worn down over time, meaning their interior sections just can’t handle the loads they used to be able to.
Will your toilet not stop running even once you’ve messed with the arm in the tank and taken other basic steps? This could mean the rubber flapper at the bottom of your tank is malfunctioning, or it could signal an issue with the fill valve in your tank that causes it to run continuously. Once again, these issues can cause water leaks and lead to increased bills plus water damage.
Age and Efficiency
And finally, even if none of the visible signs we’ve listed here are present for your toilet, it could be time to replace it simply based on age and efficiency. There are numerous low-flow toilet options on the market that can make a huge dent in your water bill if you have an older model, for instance, and we recommend replacing toilets that have been in use regularly for 20 years or more before they begin to noticeably deteriorate.
For more on signs it might be time for a new toilet, or to learn about any of our plumbing or HVAC services, speak to the staff at My Buddy the Plumber in St. George today.