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When the existing toilet gives you trouble, it’s tempting to throw in the towel and replace a toilet rather than pursuing repairs. However, sometimes a few simple repairs are more cost effective than a toilet replacement. The key is to know the right time to replace a toilet and when to repair it instead.

Apart from cosmetic issues, such as color and scratches that make it difficult to keep the toilet clean, there are several instances where it’s best to get a replacement. Here are four circumstances where this is true.

  • Too many repairs: The cost and time required to repair your aging toilet again and again may not be worth it. If you’re faced with yet another upcoming repair, weigh the costs of a repair with getting a new toilet. It could be worth it to skip the repair and replace a toilet sooner rather than later if a replacement is on the horizon anyway.
  • Recurring clogs: Plunging the toilet more than once a week gets old very quickly. Plus, older low-flow toilets usually need more than one flush to get the job done. Random stoppages plague older low-flow toilets as well. Do away with the nuisance by replacing the toilet with a newer low-flow model lacking these problems.
  • Crack in the porcelain: Hairline cracks seem harmless enough until they gape open in a flood at the worst possible moment. Each time you clean the bowl, keep an eye out for cracks. If you spot any, it’s wise to replace the toilet before the crack expands and leaks everywhere.
  • Water consumption: Older toilets don’t use low-flow technology to save water with every flush. This may be reason enough to replace a toilet, both for your water bills and the environment. After all, you can save substantially every year with a low-flow toilet, especially if you choose a dual flush toilet that conserves even more water when only flushing liquid waste.

If you’re feeling ready to replace a toilet in your home, please contact Aqua Plumbing & Air. We have proudly served the Sarasota and Bradenton area for nearly four decades.

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