Signs It’s Time for a New Toilet

A residential toilet.

Your toilet is one of the most used fixtures in your home, especially if you live in a larger household. On average, toilets have a lifespan of about 10-15 years, but there will still come a time where it needs to be replaced. Oftentimes, your toilet will show signs of needing repair or replacement. In this blog, you’ll learn about the telltale signs that your toilet might need to be replaced.

Keep reading to find out!

Constant Running

It’s normal to hear your toilet run after you flush it, but only for a minute or two. If you hear your toilet running all night long, not only does this keep you awake, but it’s also wasting water. A constant running toilet is a sign of interior damage and if you find yourself dealing with this issue often, you’re better off replacing your toilet rather than spending money on multiple repairs.

Frequent Repairs

Are you calling Legacy Sewer Line & Drain Service quite often for repairs on your toilet? Save yourself money in the long run on minor and major repairs by having our team install a new toilet for you. Toilet leaks are one of the most common issues homeowners deal with in terms of repairs and if you’re running into this problem often, you’re more susceptible to water damage and mold growth. Constantly paying to have your toilet repaired is a sign that you should make a one-time investment in an upgrade.

Cracks in the Toilet Bowl/Tank

If there are cracks in your toilet bowl or tank, water can leak out and potentially damage your bathroom floor. While you might be able to visibly see cracks in the toilet bowl, you might not necessarily see them in the tank.

To check for cracks in your toilet tank, place a few drops of food coloring in the tank. If you notice the dye going into your toilet bowl, you have a leak. Give our team a call at (562) 376-3023 to come inspect your toilet and we’ll offer a lasting solution.


When you sit down on your toilet, does it wobble? This could be a quick fix as some screws might be loose and need to be tightened, but it could also mean that the floor underneath your toilet could be rotting. Either way, our team at Legacy Sewer Line & Drain Service will come check your toilet for you. If there are loose screws, we’ll tighten them for you, but if the wobbling persists, a new toilet could be the solution.

Scratches on the Toilet

If you notice surface damage on your toilet, such as scratches and other marks, this could be preventing you from being able to fully clean your toilet. For hygiene purposes, you always want your toilet to be as clean as possible at all times, considering it’s being used multiple times a day by more than one person. If you find yourself cleaning your toilet more often than you should because of surface damage, your best bet is to replace it.

Old Age

Like we mentioned before, toilets are meant to last a long time. But do you know how old your toilet is? If you have an outdated, round toilet bowl, upgrading to a newer model can actually save you water and money. Toilets with dual-flush features will allow you to choose between partially flushing liquids and fully flushing solid waste.


It’s inevitable that minor toilet clogs will happen here and there. When the issue becomes so frequent that your household plunger just won’t do the trick, you probably have a low flush toilet, which is causing the clogs to happen more often than they should. Clogs that are happening on a weekly basis are not normal, so if this is the case for you, it’s best to replace your toilet.

At Legacy Sewer Line & Drain Service, we understand how important a properly working toilet is. Major toilet problems like the ones listed above can cause a serious disruption in your day and no one has the time to deal with them, especially if you live with multiple family members. For any and all toilet repairs or replacements, give us a call at (562) 376-3023 or fill out our online contact form. We’ll be right out to find a solution that works for you!