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The items in your home have various lifespans; some things only last a day, while others last a week, month, year, or even a decade. You often think about things that need to be replaced daily (like groceries, if you’ve got a family with an appetite!) or weekly (like gas in your car).

But what about the mighty toilet?

That throne that has your back (and your backside) day in and day out. And though it may last a great many years of daily use, it’s important to recognize when its lifespan is winding down.

Here are a few ways you’ll know it’s time to replace your toilet:

Do you have frequent clogs?
That’s a sure sign it’s time to replace it. If there’s an occasional clog due to too much toilet paper or something, there may not be an urgent need to replace the toilet. But if you are dealing with a weekly clogs, you definitely want to take a look. The issue could be a weak flush valve, or another issue that requires a replacing the whole toilet.

Do you have your plumber on speed dial?
If the amount of times you’ve called your plumber has ramped up dramatically in recent times, then you may want to get a more permanent fix. A hodge-podge of replacing small parts and repairing leaks and dislodging blockages can certainly add up over time, in both time spent and in cost. If both your pockets and your toilet are leaking, you may find it more cost-effective to replace the toilet. You’ll save money on all the the repairs and improve your water usage, and also regain the sense of peace of having a toilet that performs as it should. It’s the little things in life!

Did your toilet party like it’s 1999?
Meaning, was your toilet purchased and installed before the new millennium? If so, an upgrade should definitely be in the works. In addition to likely needing frequent repairs, older units are also more susceptible to cracks. The tiny crack can fell the mightiest toilet, which is a headache you don’t want to have should it ever fully break open. Additionally, you should want to take advantage of the mechanical improvements as well as the water efficiency of new models of toilets. Not to mention they’ll likely be more comfortable to sit on.

Whatever the condition your porcelain throne is in, Northside Plumbing can help you with toilet repairs, replacements, emergencies, and anything in between!

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