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How to Know When it’s Time to Replace a Toilet

How to Know When it’s Time to Replace a ToiletYour toilet, just like all other home appliances, doesn’t have an unlimited lifespan. Besides compelling cosmetic reasons, there are a number of instances where replacing your toilet will be your best option. We’ve gathered some common signs that indicate it may be time to get a new toilet.


Water leaks from your toilet’s bowl or tank can go unnoticed for a long time. They can damage your bathroom floor and other rooms as well, especially if the bathroom is located upstairs. To uncover hidden leaks, check for damage to the flooring surrounding your toilet and a soft or spongy feel to the floor. Replacing your toilet may be a more cost-effective option as compared to fixing leaks, especially if you have an older toilet.

Frequent Clogging

Do you have to use a plunger more than once a week to unclog your toilet? If you’re sure you don’t flush the wrong things down the toilet, it’s time you started thinking about an upgrade. While it’s normal for a toilet to get clogged, it definitely isn’t normal when that occurs all the time.

Expensive Repairs

If your toilet has broken components such as the internal mechanisms, you should weigh the repair costs against the cost of replacement. If the repair costs are close to or the replacement costs, you should opt for replacement.

Inefficient Use of Water

Replacing your toilet can help you reduce your utility bills. Toilets manufactured in the 1970s and 1980s can use as much as 27 litres of water when flushed. Most modern toilets use about three litres. You can find your toilet’s age by checking the underside of its cover.

There are many reasons why you should leave the task of replacing your toilet to a qualified professional. When doing it yourself, you can easily scratch or crack the delicate porcelain. You’ll also have to plumb the unit into the existing drain line properly or risk having to deal with leaks and incorrect operation.

If you need more information on replacing your toilet, please contact us at Arpi’s Industries. We serve the Calgary area.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Calgary, Alberta about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about replacing a toilet and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide.

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