Cracking is the biggest issue that many people have with their toilet, especially because of the porcelain material that most toilets are made out of. Porcelain cracks, so it’s generally to be expected. A couple of cracks aren’t going to warrant buying a new toilet, but there’s a certain point where the cracks can become a safety and structure hazard. The last thing you need in your life is to have your toilet break and have the contents of the bowl go all over your floor. Before calling a plumber, read this article which helps you to identify why your toilet is flushing slowly.
- Bad flushing or no flushing at all
Usually the toilet won’t stop flushing altogether, but you might experience frequent “bad flushes” that are caused by the components in your toilet. Take a look in your tank and see if it is filling to proper levels (one inch from the top of the overflow tube) or needs a fill valve adjustment. You can do this with the help of a screwdriver on valve style mechanisms or by adjusting the clip on float-style mechanisms. If this isn’t the case, grab a wire coat hanger, being careful not to scratch the bowl, and try loosening debris in the holes or jet with the help of a small mirror.
- It’s just too old.
If your toilet is sucking up your water bill, it’s time to consider buying a new one altogether. The EPA made a bill in 1992 that cracked down on the amount of water that can be used when flushing your toilet (more info can be found here: https://www3.epa.gov/watersense/pubs/flush_fact_vs_fiction.html). If your toilet was made before this bill was introduced, there’s a good chance you could save a ton of money by investing in a new toilet that uses less water. In addition to using less water, you’re also helping the environment, which is definitely an added benefit.
- Constant clogging
If your toilet has a nasty history of constantly getting clogged, it’s probably time to get a new one. Additionally, if your toilet is getting clogged a lot, it might be made before the EPA act in the 90’s, which warrants new purchases all by itself. Constant clogging is absolutely annoying, and if it’s only once in a while, it’s probably not a big deal. However, if your toilet is constantly getting clogged, it’s definitely time to consider an upgrade.