How To Maintain A Toilet

Plumbing upkeep is important, so knowing how to maintain a toilet can preserve this home fixture for decades. Taking care of a toilet involves more than simply unclogging it and cleaning drains. Follow these tips to ensure your toilet is in top working condition and consider a replacement when you notice certain aging signs.

Watch What You Flush

Many toiletries are labeled flushable or toilet disposable. This label is not always accurate. Do not flush anything other than toilet paper. All diapers, tissues and other sanitary products must be disposed of in a waste basket. Cleaning out drain lines is also an effective preservation tactic for this bathroom fixture, but it starts with homeowner responsibility over the flushed contents.

Clean Effectively

Whatever bowl cleaner is chosen, cover all surfaces inside and let it soak for at least 15 minutes before scrubbing. Use a brush designed for maximum effectiveness on toilet bowls. Replace the brush once the bristles begin to harden to avoid permanent scratching. Don’t forget to clean the outside as well. Regular and effective cleaning is not only important for sanitation, but for preventing rust and mineral deposit growth.

Stay Proactive Against Clogs

Flush the toilet with hot water once a month to dislodge clogs in the immediate drain. Consider purchasing a cleaner with enzymes designed to break apart any built-up organic matter in the drain and piping. Also, homeowners can use the power of baking soda and vinegar to both deodorize and clear the fixture’s draining system.

Check for Leaks

A leaking toilet can cost homeowners on their water bill. Leaks are easily identified using a simple tactic. Place a few droplets of bright food coloring in the tank. If the color seeps into the bowl before a flush takes place, the fixture has a leak problem.

When Should You Replace a Toilet?

Toilets are designed to last indefinitely, due to their sturdy porcelain construction. The largest threat to the life of a toilet is a leak. However, if the leak is caused by a failing wax seal at the base, this is easily replaced and the toilet itself will continue to function afterward. If the leak arises due to a crack in the porcelain, it may be time to replace the entire fixture.

Other signs a toilet must be replaced include inner marks and scratches housing bacteria and grime which are impossible to thoroughly clean. When a bowl is deeply scratched, particles build up in the grooves and cannot be removed. In this case, it is better to invest in a brand new fixture which can be adequately cleaned, eliminating health risks.

For more information on how to maintain a toilet or replace this bathroom fixture, talk to the team at Ed Gardner Plumbing for advice, information and free work estimates.

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