A malfunctioning toilet isn’t just an annoying inconvenience; it’s a severe problem. And if you’re currently dealing with persistent toilet issues, there’s a significant chance you need a new toilet. But how on earth can you tell the difference between a minor issue that necessitates a simple repair and a severe problem that requires a total overhaul?

At Steve’s Plumbing & Heating, we understand your household can’t function without a properly working toilet, and that’s why we’re here to help. Below, we’ve outlined four glaringly obvious signs that indicate the need for new toilet installation.

Your Toilet Won’t Flush

The dreaded no flush toilet — what could be worse? Not only does this issue quite literally stink, but it also puts a serious wrench in your day-to-day household operations. If your toilet fails to flush and you can clearly see the problem isn’t due to a clog, here’s what you should look for:

●        Low water level in the tank

●        Improper valve placement

●        Clogged inlet holes

●        A malfunctioning flapper

If you observe any of the above issues, call a plumber. While the issue may require a simple fix, such as a new flapper or inlet hole cleaning, you won’t know exactly what the culprit is without an inspection. If the issue is irreparable or repairs aren’t a cost-effective option, you should schedule replacement toilet installation with your plumber.

Water Constantly Runs

When you flush the toilet, does the water run continually? Spontaneous refilling and constant running are typically the result of either an improper float adjustment or a faulty flapper mechanism, both of which are easy fixes.

To determine the cause of the problem, take a peek inside your toilet tank when you flush. If the flapper doesn’t move properly or it contains cracks that allow water through, you can usually solve the problem with a simple flapper replacement. If the water level is higher than necessary because the float isn’t adjusted properly, try resituating the float to see if that solves the problem. If neither of these fixes remedies the issue, contact a plumber for a toilet inspection.

Your Toilet Repeatedly Clogs

If you’re pulling out the plunger to fix random clogs more than once a week, it’s well past time to call a plumber for new toilet installation. While infrequent blockages are typically due to inappropriately flushed objects, persistent clogs are common in older, low-flush model toilets. Since water-saving toilet technology has improved tremendously in recent years, the best way to solve this particular issue is to replace your toilet.

A Leaky Toilet

You might not notice a leaky toilet until the floor around your commode begins to soften, and at that point, you’ll have a serious problem on your hands. Hairline cracks, damaged flanges, and bad seals are the most common culprits behind leaky toilets, and if your floor is already damaged, call a plumber right away.

While there’s a small chance you can diagnose the issue on your own, calling a professional is the best way to prevent further damage to the structure of your home. Though toilet repairs may suffice, for peace of mind, it’s best to opt for new toilet installation. 

Need Toilet Installation or Repair? Contact Steve’s Plumbing & Heating

When you need a new toilet or repairs to your existing commode, contact our team at Steve’s Plumbing & Heating. Our expert plumbers have over 85 years of combined experience, and we’re available for emergency service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We also offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee on our services because we truly stand behind the quality of our work. To schedule a service appointment, request an estimate, or learn more about our services, give our Wisconsin Rapids office a call today at 715-421-1800 or contact us online, and we’ll be in touch.