Knowing how to Keep your Toilet Tank Clean

By Thornton Plumbing and Heating

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Blog Highlights:

  • Hard water is the main culprit when it comes to the buildup of rust, minerals, mold, or gunk inside the toilet tank
  • More than just cleaning, homeowners need to have a water softener to help stop the problem from happening again
  • The toilet tank must be opened for cleaning at least once every six months
  • Hard water can contain minerals that can deteriorate the different parts of the tank
  • You should stay away from drop-in toilet cleaners as well as products that contain chlorine, ammonia, and bleach
  • Water testing can help determine if you need to install a water softener at home

If your house uses hard water, chances are, your toilet tank will be filled with rust or mold in the next few months.

Of course, if your toilet tank has rust, mold, and other types of gunk in it, cleaning the tank right away should be your top priority.

And as mentioned, you should look no further than hard water if you are trying to find the culprit.

This is why experts say, that even if you will clean and maintain the toilet regularly, in the long run, a water softener will be your best bet when it comes to preventing this problem from happening again.

Take a closer look at the toilet tank

The president of operations for TOTO, a toilet manufacturer, highly recommends that homeowners inspect the tank on a regular basis.

He also says that homeowners should open the tank lid every six months. You should also make sure that the flapper is not stuck and that the rim does not show any signs of mold, rust, or dirt.

Deal with the water source

The buildup of mold, grime, minerals, and rust may not be because the tank lacks cleaning. According to experts, it is mainly because of the type of water you have.

This is why many of these manufacturers would say that how long your toilet lasts will depend on the water source that you have in your area.

Hard water contains a lot of minerals, this is why it can easily cause the rubber parts of the toilet to float, or degrade.

Another part that is very susceptible to damage caused by the presence of minerals in the water is the small diaphragm. Used to hold back the water, it is a rubber cone that closes the valve as soon as the water level inside the tank is high enough.

Experts say that even municipal water that has chlorine and sometimes, ammonia, can easily damage these rubber parts.

The flapper can also get clogged especially when there is a buildup of minerals inside the tank. Aside from destroying the toilet, this can actually increase your water bill.

Plumbers also say that homeowners should consider the quality of the water as a factor when it comes to the lifespan and condition of their toilets.

As a matter of fact, homes that use soft water, are known to have toilets that can stay in good condition for a long time.

Professional plumbers even say that soft water can help keep toilets look brand new on the inside even after 30 years.

Homes that use hard water on the other hand, are known for having toilet tanks that look gross.

Cleaning the tank

When it comes to cleaning the toilet tank, you should focus more on giving it a good scrub instead of using drop-in toilet cleaners.

This is because these products can actually harm the parts inside the tank and it can prevent the proper flushing of the toilet.

As a matter of fact, even chlorine tablets have been known to melt the metal chain that connects to the flapper.

Cleaners that contain ammonia, chlorine, bleach, or a combination of these ingredients, can also degrade the different parts of the tank.

Instead of using products that contain harsh chemicals, you can used mild cleansers like window cleaners or a dishwashing soap. You can scrub it inside the tank with a brush without worrying if it will damage any of the parts inside it.

Although the toilet bowl will be a bit soapy, a good rinse or regular flushing will take care of it in no time.

Prevent damage by using a water softener

Investing in a water softener can help extend the life of the tank as well as the parts inside it by dealing with the problem at the roots.

Just keep in mind that no matter how good you are at scrubbing the tank, simple cleaning will never be able to stop the problem from happening again.

Experts also say that if you do not want to waste your time, you need to focus on improving the quality of the water in your home.

If you are not sure if the water you are using is hard water, you can ask a technician to do water testing. You should also know that there are counties that will test your water free of charge.

Water testing will help determine if you need a rust remover, water treatment to remove bacteria, or if you need a water softener.

This is why homeowners should keep in mind that nowadays, water can be easily purified. And if you think that having clean for your toilet tank is not important, remember that the same water that goes into the tank will also go out of the faucet for drin

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