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Most people don’t really think much about their toilets. However, if your toilets aren’t cleaned regularly or properly maintained, they can break down. In order to get the most out of your investment, it is in your best interest to maintain your toilets. Fortunately, this doesn’t take a lot of work nor expertise. You don’t really need to call a plumber to perform any type of maintenance, and will likely be able to do everything by yourself.
In this article, we will look at three things that you can easily do to maintain the condition of your toilets. If you have any further questions or concerns, you should speak with a plumbing company in order to see what they recommend. Their recommendations may differ depending on the type of toilet that you have.
#1. Look for Leaks In and Around the Toilet
By the time that you notice a lot of water leaking out of the toilet, the problem will likely have evolved to a position that will be difficult or costly to fix. You should regularly check for leaks in and around the toilet, so that you catch the leaks while they’re still minor.
With that said, the most obvious sign of a leak is if the floor around the toilet is wet. The most difficult thing to do, however, is to find out where the leak is coming from.
The easiest thing to do would be to call a plumber to look for the leak. If you do not have any type of plumbing experience at all, you might not necessarily know what to do to find the leak. Just by calling the plumber while the leak is still minor can help you save a lot of money. Finding the leak involves shutting off the valve at the wall and inspecting the areas around the toilet. Some of the most common locations of the leak is where the supply tube connects, where the tank connects to the ball and somewhere on the toilet’s exterior surface.
The cost of the repair will usually depend on where the leak is located. If the leak is located on the outside of the tank, it might be easy to patch up. On the other hand, if it is located on the inner parts, the plumber may need to take everything apart in order to patch up the leak. As a result, the repair may be a lot more expensive. It may also be more time-consuming to fix.
#2. Get Rid of Sweating
Although sweating is not necessarily a huge problem, it is something that you should try to fix by yourself. If you have difficulties fixing the problem, you can always call a professional in Atlanta, GA to help you.
A toilet is sweaty when the cold water inside the toilet chills a tank that’s in a warm environment, like your bathroom. The sweat that you see is basically condensation. In worst-case scenarios, the condensation can be so intense that you’ll see puddles on the floor. This could cause a significant amount of water damage to the trim, the finishes and even the floor covering.
The easiest way to solve this problem is to contact a plumber and have them adjust the tank in order to ensure that the water entering isn’t cold. The simplest way of doing so is by adding a mixing valve at the tank inlet. This will usually introduce some type of warm water into the tank, so that condensation will not occur again. Although this will work very effectively, it can be quite an expensive fix.
Another solution that you can try or you can get a professional to try is to fit sheets of poly styrene or foam rubber inside the tank walls. You can also use some type of tank liner. This basically insulates the tank. The solution may be less effective, but it will be a lot less expensive as well.
#3. Clean the Siphon Jets
Last but not least, one of the easiest things that you can do to maintain your toilet is to clean the siphon jets. The siphon jets are the openings under the rim of the bowl that assist with flushing. In some cases, these jets can get clogged. If the Jets are clogged, your toilet won’t flush properly. The water may either come straight down the ball or it may not even enter the bowl at all. You can tell that the Jets are clogged if you see discolored vertical lines in the bowl.
The easiest way to clean the siphon jets is to use some type of cleaner and a toothbrush. You can scrub at the jets in order to remove any accumulates that may have clung around the openings. If the jets are severely clogged, you’ll have to call a plumber.
A plumber will be able to do a much more thorough cleaning. They have specific equipment that can get rid of mineral deposits that have accumulated at the openings. These deposits can be very difficult for the average person to clean. The plumber will also be able to take this opportunity to test your water for its mineral content and see whether you should install a water softener.
Call a Peach Plumbing & Drain for a Plumber
If you properly maintain and care for the toilets in your home, they’ll be able to last a long time, and you won’t have to get new ones installed. Fortunately, it doesn’t take a lot to care for these appliances. Simply by cleaning them regularly, you’ll be able to prevent a lot of problems from appearing.
If something does go wrong with your toilets or if you need plumbing services in Atlanta, GA, give Peach Plumbing & Drain a call at 404-333-1611. We offer a wide range of residential and commercial plumbing services 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year. Our team is passionate about what we do and are licensed and insured. We’ll be able to handle any plumbing problem that comes our way.