4 Must-Know Reasons Why It’s Probably Time to Replace Your Toilet


The bathroom might not seem like much at first and is easy enough to ignore, but quickly becomes the most important – as well as the most appreciated – whenever problems start to occur.

When it comes to your toilet, taking precautions is the best action you can take. The key is to know when to have your toilet repaired, and when to have it replaced with a new one entirely.

Here are five signs that say it’s time to do the latter:

1. It starts clogging frequently

Does your toilet need too much plunging? Is it plagued with random stoppages? Does it require maintenance too often?

If your answer to these questions is “yes”, then it’s definitely time to start looking for a new one, and there’s no need to worry – you don’t even have to give up on your water savings, since many toilets are low-flush and are more efficient in using water.

2. There’s a crack/scratch in the porcelain

There are times when even tiny cracks start to develop in the tank or bowl of a toilet, and you can barely see them. But if you do see any hairline cracks or scratches, ditch the toilet right away and get a new one.

This is because these even hairline cracks can be the source of active leaks or bathroom flooding at the worst possible time, while scratches can make your toilet even more difficult to clean.

3. Your toilet is really old

Some plumbers might say that toilets can last up to fifty years, but you should still have yours replaced if you just moved in to your new home and that the one your bathroom has is older than you.

By doing this, you not only avoid any potential problems with your old toilet, but you also get to switch out with a model that’s more efficient in using water.

The same should also be done if your toilet wobbles. While it may be due to a loose screw or two, it may also be because of water damage or rot.

4. Inefficient flushing

The last thing you want to happen, whether you live in an HDB flat or a condo unit in Singapore, is for your toilet to stop flushing properly when you need it the most.

There are different reasons why your toilet won’t flush, whether it’s clogged, there’s not enough water in the tank, or it’s because of a broken lift chain – and these issues are ones that you can take care of on your own.

However, if your toilet doesn’t flush properly no matter what you do, it may be time to replace it with a new one.

(Disclaimer: this list is compiled in no particular order.)

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