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Blogs from June, 2019


No one likes having to put in a new toilet. Yet at a certain point, making the switch is unavoidable. The older plumbing equipment gets, the worse it is going to work—and you certainly don’t want to risk backflow or other damage that a malfunctioning toilet can cause to your home. Fortunately, Smith’s Plumbing Services specializes in kitchen and bathroom replacements, so we have everything you need for when it’s time to replace your toilet. We offer a range of options, and promise that our Memphis plumbers will always work quickly and efficiently to upgrade your bathroom with modern, energy-efficient models designed for maximum sanitization and hygiene.

The 7 most common signs it’s time to replace your toilet are:

  1. It no longer flushes well: This is kind of a big one, considering it’s the main thing your toilet is supposed to do. If you find that your water bills are going up while your toilet’s performance is going down, it’s probably time to get a new one. The good part is that with the latest, energy-efficient models, you now have more options than ever. While most toilets use 3-5 gallons per flush, switching to a low-flow toilet is a great choice for decreasing water usage, thereby driving down your bill and helping the environment at the same time.
  2. It constantly requires repairs: While much of your plumbing system will require repairs eventually, a toilet that requires near-constant service is not a great investment. At a certain point, installing a new toilet may just be more effective then calling for frequent repairs. If you find that your plumber is becoming a regular houseguest, talk to them about what your options are, and if it’s a better in the long-run to just replace that old toilet.
  3. It’s always clogged: While toilet clogs are not uncommon and can often be taken care of simply by using a plunger, they should not be a daily or even weekly occurrence. Installing a new toilet is better than letting clogs cause damage to your larger plumbing system, and with newer equipment, you are less likely to have to deal with clogs in the first place.
  4. It’s leaking: If you find that water is pooling on the floor around for toilet, you should check for cracks in the porcelain. Cracks cause leaks, which can lead to flooding if you’re not careful. On top of this, excessive water can also encourage mold and mildew growth, which is definitely not something you want to have to deal with in your bathroom.
  5. It’s worn down, cracked, or scratched: This one is more about cosmetic issues than performance, though it’s still important for anyone who wants their bathroom to be in tip-top shape. Not only do scratches, cracks, and other damage cause leaks and various performance issues, they also look bad, even in an otherwise pristine bathroom.
  6. It’s wobbly: Few things are more unpleasant when you’re trying to go to the bathroom then sitting down on an unsecure surface. If your toilet has a tendency to wobble, it may be because of loose screws or bolts, which any skilled plumber can easily tighten up. However, if you have a plumber inspect the unit and they find other structural issues—like damage to the bowl, or a rotting floor underneath, chances are you will have no choice but to replace.
  7. Your toilet is stained with mineral deposits and other build-up: When hard water wears away at your toilet’s porcelain surface overtime, it can leave behind limescale and other nasty deposits. On the surface, this may sound like another cosmetic issue, and to a certain extent, it is. That said, mineral build-up can also affect the flow of your toilet if it is not scraped off. Call a plumber if you believe mineral deposits are having a negative effect on your toilet—they will be able to tell you if it is possible to clean the unit or if it should be replaced.

Remember, when it comes time to replace your toilet, you can’t go wrong with our Memphis experts at Smith’s Plumbing Services. We are capable of installing a range of equipment on multiple property types, and even offer new construction plumbing installation, if you are looking for the perfect toilet for that dream house you’re building.

For scheduling and more, dial (901) 290-1110 now, or click here to contact us online. We accept emergency calls 24/7.

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