When Should I Change the Parts in My Toilet?

Toilet Bowl Getting Fixed

Though we take them for granted, toilets are more complex mechanisms than they seem. They boast dozens of components and parts. It can also be tricky to know when exactly you should replace them. But the truth is, keeping your fixture running means knowing when to repair your toilet, replace it, and leave it alone. Swapping out a few key components from time to time can be a simple strategy for making sure your toilet keeps working for years to come.

Check for Leaks and Other Issues

One of the most common issues in toilets is leakage. If you notice water seeping out from underneath your toilet or in the bowl, it's probably time to replace parts or even the whole thing.

While on it, check for other signs that it might be time for repair or replacement, including slow, weak, noisy flushes or frequent clogs. Sometimes, the issue might require a simple fix, like replacing worn-out seals or hoses, but if you are dealing with a more severe problem, it might be best to replace the whole thing.

Clean Regularly

Regularly cleaning your toilet can help prevent problems and extend your commode's life span. So, depending on how often you use it, give it a deep clean at least once a month using a toilet cleaner, a scrub brush, vinegar, or baking soda for a more natural approach.

Additionally, if you've noticed any minor issues over time—like a slow flush or running water—now might be a good time to take care of them before they become more significant problems down the line. Letting minor problems linger can lead to further damage and require eye-popping repair costs in the future.

Inspect Parts

You should peer into the inner workings of your toilet to ensure that all components are in good working order. It might be time for a replacement if any parts look worn or damaged.

Here are some standard toilet components to look at, what they do, and where they're located:

  • Flapper: A rubber piece inside the tank that opens and closes to regulate water flow.
  • Flush ball: a small plastic ball at the bottom of the tank. This helps keep water from flowing through too quickly.
  • Fill valve: regulates the amount of water flowing into the tank after each flush.
  • Gasket: A rubber ring that seals between the tank and bowl to prevent leaks.
  • Toilet seal: a wax ring that seals between the toilet and drainpipe to keep sewage odors out of your home.
  • Supply tube and hose: Connect the toilet to the water supply. They may need to go if you spot cracks or wear and tear.

Consider Age

Is your toilet more than 10 to 15 years old? Consider replacing some components or getting a new one altogether. Older toilets have more frequent and severe issues and may need maintenance more often. This may be the best option if your toilet shows signs of wear and tear, such as leakage, or if it's not flushing correctly.

Consider the Frequency of Use

A toilet that you use more frequently will need more attention. For example, if you have a family of five and your toilet is being flushed multiple times daily, you may need to replace the components more often. And if you have a large household with multiple bathrooms, the toilets may require maintenance and toilet parts replacement more frequently.

Seek Professional Help

You can replace some toilet components on your own. But to ensure the job is done right, an expert in professional plumbing can be the best choice. A seasoned plumber can pinpoint any problems with your toilet and suggest what to do. They can also provide the parts that need replacing and install them immediately. This way, you don't have to worry about them breaking down again.

Knowing when to change the parts in your toilet and when not to change them is a crucial aspect of toilet maintenance. Inspect the components regularly and remember to consider the toilet's age and frequency of use. All of this will help keep your toilet running smoothly and efficiently into the future.

Contact Rock Solid Plumbing today if you need help with your toilet or professional help. Our team of experienced plumbers can detect any issues and provide repairs or replacements for your plumbing needs.