Follow These Toilet Maintenance Tips to Keep Your Toilet in Top Condition
Even toilets that see a lot of use can have their lifespans increase with the right maintenance. Keep reading to find out more about toilet maintenance and then contact High Speed Plumbing at 626-890-0185 if you would like to replace your toilet or have your toilet serviced.
Clean Under the Rim of the Toilet
Yes, cleaning the toilet removes germs, but it does a lot more than that. When you flush your toilet, water comes in through tiny jet holes under the upper rim. If these holes are clogged, the water comes in more slowly, and the force of the flush is reduced. If flushing then does not properly clear waste, then your toilet will not be doing its job. You can clean these holes with an old toothbrush or a toilet bowl brush.
Make Sure You Are Using the Right Toilet Cleaner
You should have a regular toilet cleaning schedule, and you should be sure you are using the right products. If you choose something that is too harsh, it can scratch the toilet including the bowl, seat, and even the outside of the toilet. You will want a product that is natural, such as vinegar, or one that mentions being porcelain-safe.
We also recommend avoiding the tabs you drop in the tank and claim to clean your toilet. They can actually cause damage because as time goes on, the bleach and other chemicals in these tablets will eat away the rubber seals in your toilet tank. If these valves then do not close properly, you could have a leak. In the event the tablet breaks apart instead of dissolving, it could also clog your pipes.
Take a Look at Your Toilet’s Valves
While tank tablets are not good for your toilet’s valves, they are far from the only thing that can damage them. As time goes on, they can simply wear down, and they can cause plumbing issues when they do. Check the toilet fill valve on a regular basis. If you notice that your toilet is constantly running, that it takes a look time to fill the tank, or that your flush is weak, it may be caused by toilet valves that need to be replaced.
Be Discerning When Choosing Toilet Paper
Remember that anything you flush down the toilet needs to get through the drain. Do not overflow the tank. Do not use flushable wipes. They may say they are safe for residential toilets, but in reality they may not break down and can cause clogs. The same is true of some toilet papers. Skip thick, multi-ply paper because it can take a long time to break down.
Do you need help with your toilet? Whether you need repairs, maintenance, or drain cleaning, you can count on High Speed Plumbing to get the job done right the first time.