Three Plumbing Maintenance Tips for a Smooth Running Toilet

Three Plumbing Maintenance Tips for a Smooth Running Toilet

Toilets are among the most frequently used devices in your home. Therefore, they are prone to breaking or leaking. Fortunately, following a simple maintenance routine will help prevent the need for emergency plumbers to come and take care of a problem in the middle of the night.

Test for a Slow Leak

If you hear the water flowing intermittently during the day you may have a slow leak in your toilet. As the water from the tank slowly leaks into the bowl, the water level drops. When it drops to a certain point, the water turns on until the tank is full again. The water shuts off when the float reaches the appropriate water level. You can test for a slow leak with the following steps:

  1. Put a few droplets of food coloring in the tank.
  2. Let them sit for an hour or so.
  3. Check the water in the bowl.
  4. If you see food coloring in the bowl, you have a slow leak and need to replace the flapper.

If you don't have the necessary plumbing skills to replace it yourself, it is best to call a company to do it for you. There are many delicate parts that an inexperienced person could easily break and create a much bigger problem.

Preserve the Life of the Flushing Assembly

There are many products on the market that claim they will help you clean your toilet without any effort. Some of these products have pellets or other contraptions that need to be put in the tank. As they sit in the tank they steadily release a cleaning agent. You should avoid using these cleaning agents. They are harsh on your tank and other toilet parts and will cause the parts to wear out faster than they should. It is better to use a toilet brush to clean the water in the bowl.

Clean Mineral Buildup in the Tank

When minerals build up in the tank they interfere with its function. Minerals can keep the flapper from seating correctly, prevent the float from rising smoothly and quickly, and stop the valve from turning off the water. If the deposits build up too much, the parts may break and require the services of a plumber to fix. You can prevent build up of minerals with the following process:

  1. Pour 1/2 to 3/4 cup of vinegar into a cup.
  2. Remove the ceramic lid and flush the toilet.
  3. Wait until the wa2ter has completely emptied from the tank.
  4. Immediately after the flapper has dropped back into place, pour the vinegar into the tank. The swirling motion of the water as it fills the tank will mix the vinegar into the water.
  5. Let the vinegar water sit for a few hours or overnight to dissolve mineral deposits.
  6. Repeat as needed when you see minerals beginning to form.
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