Few appliances in your home are more important than your toilet, for a number of very obvious reasons. They likely see a lot of activity every day, particularly if you have a large family, and most of the time, they do their job admirably day in and day out. But like everything else, they will eventually need replacing, either because individual components wear out or because something more catastrophic can happen.
The good news is that is usually happens only after decades of reliable service. The bad news is that, once it's reached that stage, you need to move relatively quickly. A trained plumbing service can install a new toilet in your bathroom with a minimum of fuss and bother, but you still need to be able to spot the signs that something is wrong. Those signs can include, but are not limited to, the following:
[*]Puddles and cracks. If the toilet basin or toilet tank is damaged, the entire toilet likely needs to be replaced. Cracks and the like are a sure sign of a problem, but not all cracks are easy to spot. Hairline fractures can be very difficult to notice, as can damage on the backside of the toilet where you have no cause to look. The best way to notice this kind of damage is to look for puddles of water around the base of the toilet, or perhaps moisture on the side of the tank.
[*]If your toilet wobbles when you sit down or otherwise shows signs that something isn't locked down, it definitely bears a service call. In some cases, it might just need some bolts tightened. In others, however, the problem stems from structural damage, which means you'll need to replace it.
[*]A round bowl. Round toilet bowls can be advantageous for saving space and other reasons. But generally speaking, people tend to find elongated bowls more comfortable. It's possible that your home had a round toilet when you first moved in, or that a round toilet was added later for reasons that are no longer pertinent. In those cases, you should get it replaced with a new model more suitable to your needs.
[*]Multiple repairs. Toilets can be lemons just like anything else, which can engender multiple repair calls in a very short amount of time. The same thing can happen to older toilets that have been in used for a while. It can eventually get to the point where the frequency of repairs is costing you too much to ignore, and replacing the toilet will be much more cost-effective than simply throwing good money after bad every few months.
[*]Simple age. Older toilets may not have any overt problems, but they're not always as efficient as they could be and might end up costing you a great deal in wasted water.
If you live in Green Valley, NV, and your toilet shows signs that a replacement would be in order, then the friendly professionals at Butter Plumbing are ready to help!