When It’s Time to Replace Your Toilet

Your toilet seems like a sturdy structure. After all, it’s made from ceramic or porcelain, so you know that it’s tough and heavy.

Plus – let’s face it – it gets quite a bit of usage on a daily basis. And for the most part, it performs well and gives you little problems in the bathroom.

However, like many things, eventually it will get old and need replacing. If you’re planning a bath remodeling project, then it’s the perfect time for an upgrade.

The trick is to see the signs of wear-and-tear and to replace your old toilet before it’s too late and becomes an expensive hassle.

Here’s what to look for:

clogged toilet

It keeps clogging up

Yuck. Just yuck.

If you can’t access your toilet because it requires plunging more than once a week (as a result of regular use), then it may be time to give it the old heave-ho.

Usually, this happens in older toilets which require more than one flush to remove everything, or which are subject to frequent or random stoppages.

It isn’t fun to have to plunge your toilet on a regular basis.

So if you find yourself plunging the toilet as often as you’re using it, then it’s time for that old toilet to go.

cracked toilet

It’s cracked

A small hairline crack pretty much signals that your toilet is at the end of its life.

Eventually, that crack will get bigger and bigger until it breaks open. And you can bet that it will happen at the absolute worst possible time.


Every so often, you should inspect your toilet for cracks. Particularly in two areas:

  • The tank: A crack here means that your toilet is done and needs replacing
  • The bowl: Not as urgent as the tank, but keep an eye out to make sure it doesn’t shower water onto your bathroom floor


As time goes on, the lining, or surface of your toilet can get worn or scratched. And eventually, it will become harder and harder to clean.

More often than not, this is the case with an older toilet that’s been scrubbed clean many times (which makes sense – you should keep your toilet clean as much as possible).

That said, if cleaning the toilet is taking way too long – or you find yourself doing more and more – then you may want to just buy a new one altogether.

It uses too much water

Moving to a low-flush toilet can be reason enough to ditch your old one.

You can end up saving quite a bit in your water bill, actually.

A water-saving toilet can use less than seven litres per flush versus an older toilet (which can use up to 18 litres per flush).

It wobbles

A wobbly or rocky toilet isn’t normal and could be a sign that it’s leaking water underneath it; damaging or even rotting the floor.

If that’s the case, then it should be shown the door – immediately.

new toilet

It doesn’t fit with your new bathroom redesign

If you’re looking to transform your tub or shower into something more modern, you may want to do the same with your toilet.

As you’re working with your bathroom design team, you should speak about options to replace and upgrade your toilet so that it matches the look and feel of your new bathroom.

So, if your bathroom and toilet are old and in need of a change, we want to hear from you. Request a FREE in-home consultation today.