Common Signs It’s Time for a Toilet Replacement

When we hear the word “plumbing,” many of us think of a toilet before anything else. As one of the most common and recognizable elements of any building’s plumbing situation, the toilet accomplishes several important purposes within homes, businesses and any other kind of structure.

At My Buddy the Plumber in Provo, our wide-ranging plumbing services include every toilet-related issue or concern you may have. One of the most common questions we get from home and business owners dealing with toilet issues: When is it time to simply replace my toilet? There are a few signs this might be the case – let’s go over a few of them and what they might mean.

signs time toilet replacement

Regular Clogging

If your toilet clogs once or twice, particularly if the cause is obvious, there usually isn’t anything to worry about. This happens from time to time, and if you’re able to clear the blockage using your plunger, there’s no major issue.

If you’ve noticed continuous clogging issues over a period of time, however, this is often a sign that something else is going on. The interior components of the toilet might be wearing down, or it’s possible you have a main sewer line issue. In many of these cases, swapping out the toilet for a newer option will do the trick.

Cracking Porcelain

In other cases, damage to your toilet will be easily visible in the form of cracks to the exterior porcelain. Porcelain is very strong, but can be cracked due to age-related wear or certain strong impacts. Particularly if cracks are present at the base of the toilet, the results could be leaking and major water damage if you don’t replace the toilet.


In some cases, a wobbly toilet is simply due to loose screws at the base. If this is what’s happening, simply get a screwdriver and tighten them.
In other situations, though, wobbling is a larger concern. Sometimes, for instance, water damage that’s seeped under the toilet will wear down the screws themselves. It may be possible to replace just the screws, though certain toilet models may also require a full-on replacement.

Constant Running

Have you noticed that no matter what you do, the toilet won’t quit running and making noise? This is often due to rubber flapper damage in the tank, but it can also mean the tank’s valve has broken. Both these are fix-able areas, but both also often tend to signal that it’s time for a new toilet.

Age and Efficiency

Finally, there might be situations where you consider replacing the toilet even if there are no visible signs of damage. Many older toilets simply aren’t efficient for the year 2019, and replacing yours will not only lower your water bill significantly, but also contribute to a greener environment.

For more on the signs it’s 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 today.