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4 Signs You Need a New Toilet

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Although the toilet is essential in a home, Many times it’s the appliance most forgotten. That is until it breaks. Check out 4 Signs You Need a New Toilet.
Although the toilet is essential in a home, Many times it's the appliance most forgotten. That is until it breaks. Check out 4 Signs You Need a New Toilet.

Out of all the household appliances and fittings that we think about replacing – the oven, the fridge, sofas, TVs, windows and doors, for example – the toilet seems to be way down on most people’s priority lists.

Realistically, the toilet doesn’t really see that much action – most people are on and off pretty quickly, so you’d be forgiven for thinking that the average toilet will last for ever. It won’t, though. Even if you’re a dedicated polisher of porcelain, after years of tireless service, something in or around your toilet will give. Here are four giveaways that tell you it’s time to replace your loo with one of the toilets from betterbathrooms.

It’s getting blocked a lot

Of course, every toilet gets blocked every now and again, especially if you have young children who always over-estimate the amount of paper they need to use. However, if blockages seem to be happening more frequently and there’s no obvious reason, this could be a sign that the pipes are starting to fail.

There’s a crack or two in the porcelain

Most toilets are made from porcelain and while it’s a durable material, it can crack. If you have developed a crack in the bowl, you really shouldn’t be using your toilet. This is because the crack could suddenly widen and the toilet could fall apart when you’re on it and because the crack may be allowing toilet water to leak into your floor.

If you can feel dampness in the floor around the toilet, this could be, essentially, untreated sewage, which presents health hazards. Feel the floor under and around your toilet and if there is dampness, you need to act immediately (don’t forget to wash your hands).

The toilet leaks internally

Leaks that let toilet water out of the system and into your home are certainly problematic, but a more common issue is internal leaks. These don’t present a health hazard, but they do waste water and if you’re on a water meter, you could end up spending a fortune. If you can hear water trickling or hissing long after you’ve flushed, the cistern could be leaking into the bowl.

Sometimes the leak is so slight you can’t hear it well, so a good trick is to put some food colouring into the cistern, replace the lid and wait for a few minutes. If the water in the bowl develops even a hint of a tint, you have a leak and it may be time to upgrade. Sometimes you just need a new stop-cock, but equally, sometimes the whole thing has to go.

You know how old your toilet actually is

If your toilet has been in constant use since the Winter of Discontent, then it’s time for it to go! Not just because it’s old and decrepit and could fail at any moment, but because you are probably using too much water with each flush. Older toilets didn’t think about conserving water, but newer ones are designed to use less water, especially the dual flush models. You know it makes sense.

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8 Comments

  • Reply MD Kennedy

    Great tips! Another one: take a few pix of your current toilet in the bathroom and take them to the store with you when shopping so that salesperson can make sure your new one will work with your space.

    January 31, 2018 at 3:54 pm
  • Reply Amber Ludwig

    Oh man! I wish we could get new ones in our apartment!! Although I think we just might replace the lids for now. Our son is a lid slammer and has cracked all the brackets on both…smh!

    November 25, 2017 at 2:20 pm
  • Reply Jo-Ann Brightman

    These are good tips and I shall soon try the food color one on my toilets.

    September 30, 2017 at 9:21 pm
  • Reply Linda Manns Linneman

    Thank you for sharing this useful information. We often don’t think about our toilets until something does happen to them Thank you for sharing

    September 30, 2017 at 9:59 am
  • Reply Deborah D

    My nieces and nephews are constantly over using toilet paper. We are trying to teach them to use less. These are great tips.

    September 30, 2017 at 8:46 am
  • Reply Sandra Caballero

    I think I need to replace my toilet because it has been clogging up lately. Thanks for sharing the tips.

    September 30, 2017 at 1:50 am
  • Reply Elizabeth Matthiesen

    My granddaughter is one of the people who always over-estimate the amount of paper needed. She now has to put her used toilet paper in a bin. I think she must use a whole roll every time she uses the toilet!

    September 30, 2017 at 12:48 am
  • Reply Dandi D

    Um, yeah, we definitely need a new toilet in one of our bathrooms!

    September 28, 2017 at 7:45 am
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