Should I Repair or Replace My Toilet?

Toilets, like any fixture in your home, eventually wear out and need replacement. Do you find yourself asking, should I repair or replace my toilet? Here are some pointers to help you determine if you’re better off giving up on repairs and shopping for a replacement.

Porcelain Cracks

should i repair or replace my toiletSmall cracks can appear in the porcelain of the tank or bowl. While some cracks may not cause problems right away, over time they can worsen and leak water or flood the bathroom. Leaking toilets may even damage the bathroom floor so badly that you need to replace it. A crack on the outside of the bowl is not necessarily urgent and can be repaired with epoxy. A crack inside, however, or in the tank is a cause for alarm.

Recurring Clogs

If your toilet clogs often and you’ve determined you don’t have a problem in the sewer, it may be time to replace the toilet. Older low-flush toilets, which often have to be flushed more than once and also are subject to frequent clogs, should probably be replaced. New low-flush toilets have been vastly improved.

Generally speaking, if you find yourself having to call the plumber three or four times a year to fix the toilet, it’s probably time to replace it.


Older toilets use more water than newer models, so consider the savings on your water bill you’ll realize with a replacement for your old toilet. You’re also helping the environment by using less water. Newer toilets use less than 2 gallons per flush, while older ones may use as much as 5 gallons. You might also consider dual flush technology, which uses less water for liquid waste and a full flush for solid waste.


An older toilet may severely date the look of your bathroom. If you want your bathroom to look modern, well-cared for and inviting, a modern new toilet, without scratches from years of cleaning, will add to the appeal.

Ask your specialist at Reliance Home Services: “Should I repair or replace my toilet?” We’ve served the Los Angeles area since 1960.