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toilet in bathroom

The loo. The lavatory. The porcelain throne.

No matter what you call your toilet, you're always gonna need it. If your toilet decides to stop working, you need to find a fix immediately. You could try to fix the issue on your own, but that could take hours to complete — and it might not work out. And what if you have to use the bathroom while you're working on the toilet? Talk about a challenge.

So instead of working on your old toilet for hours only to have it leak again, consider getting a replacement. A new toilet can put an end to your potty problems, and in return, bring new life to your weary bathroom.  Here are the top three signs you need to put down the tools and buy a new toilet:

1) Your toilet is running constantly.

Can you hear your toilet running from the other room? Even when you haven’t used it in a few hours? Sometimes you can quell the problem by jiggling the flush handle or adjusting the flapper. But if you’re doing that constantly, it’s time to find a better solution.  A faulty toilet will cost you a lot of money in the long run, so you’re better off buying a new toilet. But before you go to the department store, try consulting a plumber for some advice. If the problem doesn’t go away in a week or so, they can help replace your toilet.

2) Your toilet doesn’t flush as well as it did before.

Do you have to flush your toilet a few times before you see a fresh bowl of water? Then there’s a problem with the flushing mechanism. You could try and fix the problem yourself, but a faulty flushing mechanism could be a sign of a bigger problem with your toilet — most notably, its age.

Any toilet will deteriorate over time. If your toilet isn’t flushing correctly, and you’re seeing quite a bit of rust and corrosion, you might want to go ahead and buy a new toilet, instead of paying for expensive repairs.

3) It’s always clogging.  

One of the most telling signs of a faulty toilet is consistent clogging. A toilet that clogs on a regular basis simply isn’t doing its job. Sadly, that’s not something that can be fixed with a couple of tools and a simple prayer.

Of course, the occasional clog is normal — one Green Gobbler drain opening pack can eliminate a light clog in about 30 minutes. But if you’re always reaching for a drain opening pack or a plunger, it's probably time to invest in a new toilet.

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