It goes without saying, a single toilet malfunction is a dreaded situation. What could be worse? How about consistent toilet malfunctions! Keep an eye out for several indications that your toilet is better off being replaced than repaired. Here are some telltale signs that replacement is in your future!

1. You are noticing cracks in the porcelain.

The first indication that cracks may be present in your toilet is the pooling of water at the base of the toilet. If you notice any leaks, check the toilet for cracks. While you may not see any visible cracks, there may be some in the bowl or tank.

Cracks in your toilet can cause serious damage to your flooring and be a waste of water! Wet floors can also cause additional problems with water damage, mold, and mildew. If you notice any of these issues, and they are due to cracks, replacing your commode may be the best course of action!

2. You have been spending a lot of time calling in repairs.

Of course, a properly working toilet should not need excessive repairs. So, if you find that a plumber is visiting your house more frequently than your family members, it could be taken as a clue that you have an issue with excessive repairs. The cost of frequent repairs can be hundreds of unnecessary dollars and add to a growing pile of problems.

Replacing your toilet will end up saving you money and a headache or two!

3. You are unclogging your toilet like clockwork.

If you find yourself unclogging your toilet on a consistent basis, then there may be an issue with your toilet. Many older toilets were manufactured with less flushing power, which can result in more clogs. Additionally, their flushing mechanisms are more prone to malfunctions, due to age.

4. Mineral buildup is causing functioning issues.

A major cause of replacement with toilets, particularly in homes that use hard water on a regular basis, is mineral buildup. Over time, this buildup settles in the inlet holes and siphon tank, which causes water flow to cease or be insignificant. Unfortunately, cleaning mineral buildup will only last so long before replacing your commode is a necessary requirement.

5. Your toilet is inefficient.

If you are noticing that your water bill has increased, the culprit may be your toilet. Any commode made before the 1990s use far more water than today's modern models. In the 1990s, guidelines were enacted by the federal government to limit the amount of water used by toilets, for each flush, to be no more than 1.6 gallons.

If you have an older toilet, and you want to be more efficient with your water, ask us to replace it with a newer model.


Check your home's toilets regularly! Older homes with inefficient toilets will benefit both environmentally and monetarily from replacing them. New models of low-flush and dual-flush toilets help minimize both water usage and utility costs.

If your toilet is having major plumbing issues, call Curtis Plumbing at (813) 672-4111 and schedule a visit! Replacing your toilet can end up saving your pocket a bundle of money!