Time To Replace Your Toilet - My Plumber Kelowna


By Dave Bangar

When It’s Time To Replace Your Toilet

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Bathroom Plumbing Issues The Cannot Be Repaired

In any home, the bathroom should be a quiet, private sanctuary where you can be alone and feel at peace. But when plumbing issues arise, your bathroom can cause unnecessary stress. 

One of the most common bathroom plumbing issues is a broken or malfunctioning toilet. When this happens, you would obviously call a plumber to fix the problem. However, in many cases, there is nothing a plumber can do to repair the toilet, which means you need a brand-new toilet.

In this article, we will explain some of the most common plumbing issues Kelowna homeowners experience with their toilets along with the signs to look out for that could indicate you need to replace your toilet.

Signs it’s Time to Get a New Toilet

Below, we’ve listed some of the most common indicators that a toilet needs replacing. However, it’s important to note that if you are experiencing any of the following, always call a plumber first to troubleshoot the issue before heading to the store to buy a new toilet. 

Cracked Porcelain

While a toilet can still function with cracks in the porcelain, this can cause leakage that leads to water damage, mould, damaged flooring, and higher water bills.
Small hairline cracks can sometimes be fixed through patching, however, larger, deeper cracks in the base or tank are usually not fixable, which means it’s time for a new toilet. 

You’ve Had it For More Than 15 Years

Most modern toilets have a lifespan of 10-15 years. If you’ve had your toilet for this long and you’ve been experiencing frequent issues, it’s probably time to invest in a new one. 

Clogs Are Frequent

While a clogged toilet is usually not a huge cause for concern, when these clogs become more frequent and are not caused by flushing things that are not toilet-friendly, you likely have a problem on your hands.

If this is happening to you, we always recommend having a Kelowna plumber take a look to see if there is an underlying issue causing the clogs. If the issue is simply caused by old age and damaged parts, the toilet will need replacing. 

Constant Repairs

If you are experiencing recurring issues with your toilet and are constantly calling your Kelowna plumber to come repair it, it may be time to throw in the towel and invest in a new toilet.

Some of the most common issues you may experience are listed below.

Toilet Issues That Can be Fixed by a Plumber

While we’ve already listed the main toilet issues that are typically unfixable, in a lot of cases, a malfunctioning toilet can be easily fixed by your Kelowna plumber, saving you the hassle of buying and installing a new one. 

Keep reading to find out what issues don’t require replacing your toilet.


A leaking toilet is one of the most common bathroom plumbing issues experienced by Kelowna homeowners. Leaks are typically easily fixed and are often caused by:

  • Cracks in the toilet
  • A loose or worn-out seal
  • A broken flapper
  • A cracked supply line

Depending on the root cause of the leak, this issue can usually be fixed by a plumber.

A Broken Flapper

A broken flapper can cause a number of different issues, such as:

  • Difficulty flushing
  • Leaks
  • Water keeps running into the bowl after flushing has caused the tank to refill

This is usually a minor issue that can be easily fixed by a plumber.

A Loose Wax Ring Seal

The wax ring seal that sits between the toilet and the toilet flange can sometimes loosen and cause the toilet to leak. When this happens, the wax ring will need to be replaced by your Kelowna plumber.

No Matter the Issue, Call Your Kelowna Plumber First

Whether it’s a simple fix or a major issue that requires replacing the toilet, always contact a plumber first before buying a new toilet or attempting to fix the problem yourself. A plumber will be able to troubleshoot the problem and tell you what your best option is for resolving the issue. If that means replacing the toilet completely, they can then help you determine the best model to go with and install it for you. 

At My Plumber Kelowna, we have a team of licensed, trained, and highly experienced plumbers who can install a new toilet for you and diagnose, troubleshoot, and resolve any plumbing issues you may be experiencing.

Call us today at 250-601-0000 or fill out a form on our website and we will be in touch ASAP.

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