Every home needs a properly functioning toilet, but toilets don’t last forever. Eventually, you’ll need to replace your toilet for one reason or another, and knowing when to replace it is vital to ensuring you don’t wait too long and wind up without a toilet for an extended period of time until you’re able to get it replaced. Here are the most important signs to watch out for when determining if you need to replace your toilet.

Too Old

Toilets don’t have a set lifespan. How long a toilet lasts depends heavily on the quality of the toilet, how frequently it’s used and if it’s consistently maintained properly. Some toilets can stay functional for over 50 years, but the average lifespan of a household toilet is about 10 years. Twenty years is typically the maximum amount of time you should wait before replacing your toilet.

Constant Clogging or Overflowing

When a toilet gets clogged with too much toilet paper or items that should never be flushed like baby wipes, feminine hygiene products, floss, paper towels and cotton balls, it may cause permanent damage to your pipes and the toilet. Additionally, plunging the toilet to clear the clogs may cause even more damage to the system. This strain on the toilet increases the chances of clogs occurring later on even when you’re not flushing anything out of the ordinary.

Plunging the toilet over and over to clear these clogs only causes more damage. If your toilet clogs or overflows frequently, it may be a sign that there has been too much damage done to the toilet and it needs to be replaced.

Constant Repairs

Toilets that are in good condition don’t need repairs very often outside of a minor broken piece or a cracked or worn-out toilet seat. Constantly needing repairs isn’t normal for a toilet, and it’s a sign that your toilet is too worn out or damaged to function reliably without something failing. Getting your toilet replaced instead of continuing to get it repaired over and over will save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars in the long run.

Too Much Hard Water Buildup

Many cities around Rockwall have issues with hard water, and this causes a lot of mineral deposits in your toilet. If you stay on top of removing hard water buildup in your toilet, it will keep long-lasting damage to a minimum, but it’s difficult to clear mineral deposits in every part of the toilet. Additionally, if the hard water creates enough buildup, it becomes extremely hard to clean without causing even more damage.

Hard water buildup makes it very difficult for your toilet to function effectively, and it causes unsightly stains that may become permanently embedded in the porcelain. If you’ve been struggling with hard water buildup in your toilet for a while, it may be time to replace the toilet entirely.

Using Too Much Water

Older toilets use a lot of water compared to modern toilets. Older toilets, around 25 years or older, used around 5 to 7 gallons of water on every flush. This is much more than is necessary. Modern low-flow toilets now use an average of about 1.5 gallons of water. The average household experiences a 40% to 60% decrease in water usage when switching to a low-flow toilet.

If you’re hesitant to try low-flow toilets for any reason, you can choose a dual-flush toilet. With a dual-flush model, you have the option of using a low-flow flush or a full flush by pressing one of two buttons. If your toilet only has a full flush option, it might be time to replace it with one that is more environmentally friendly and will save you a lot of money on your water bills.


Some toilets have imperfections in the porcelain that may make them more susceptible to cracking. Something falling on the toilet or someone standing on it could also cause significant cracking. Cracks may also develop over time as a result of wear and tear.

A crack is usually an aesthetic issue in nearly any other household fixture or appliance, but it can lead to full structural failure in toilets. If the toilet bowl breaks, you will not only be left without the use of a toilet, but you might also experience a major leak that would cause severe water damage to your floor. No matter if they’re tiny cracks that are barely noticeable or large cracks that you can see clearly, cracks are a major indicator that you need a new toilet as soon as possible.


One of the most obvious and dangerous signs that you need to replace your toilet as soon as possible is any indication of leakage. While some minor leaks are fixed easily and are caused by a variety of factors, frequent or persistent leaks are usually a sign that something is significantly wrong with your toilet. Your toilet needs either substantial repair work or replacement as soon as possible to avoid serious water damage to your bathroom.

Constant Running

If your toilet won’t stop running after a flush, it could be indicative of a major issue. In certain circumstances, a toilet that won’t stop running can be easily fixed by replacing the fill valve or the flapper. However, if there is nothing wrong with those parts and the problem keeps recurring, you may need to replace your toilet.


Functionality is the most important aspect of any toilet, but comfort is a close second. If you don’t feel comfortable sitting for any reasonable period of time on your toilet, you could try replacing the toilet seat to see if that helps. If that doesn’t work, the problem may lie in the shape, size and height of your toilet. Toilets come in many shapes and sizes that work better or worse with certain body types. Always check out replacement toilets in person. Most stores will allow you to sit on example display toilets to ensure that they’re a good shape and comfortable height for your needs.

If you notice any of these signs and you’re interested in replacing your toilet, our professional technicians at Sunrise Plumbing will provide you with skilled service and many new toilet options that are environmentally friendly, easy to clean and high quality. We also offer professional services such as toilet repairs, emergency plumbing services, water heater installation and repair, sewer line inspection, cleaning and repair and hydro jetting. Our team installs and repairs faucets, garbage disposals, sump pumps and water softeners as well. Do you suspect there’s a hidden leak on your property? We can help you find it. If you’d like to learn more about our toilet options and installation services or any other plumbing service that we provide in Rockwell, Texas and the surrounding regions, contact us at Sunrise Plumbing today.

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