How to Maintain a Toilet
Most plumbing professionals suggest that toilet bowls have unlimited lifespan. However, the length of the service life of a toilet, and any other plumbing and bathroom fixture, if entirely dependent on the manner in which it is being used and the maintenance methods that the homeowner practices. Toilet bowls, as well as septic tanks, are more expensive than other plumbing fixtures and require a deal greater amount of maintenance methods and twice the amount of cleaning than any other tool or equipment you can buy for your bathroom.
If toilet maintenance can be part of your plumbing ritual and clean up list, why not incorporate it to make your bathroom cleaner and make the appliances function better. For busy people that do not have enough time to tinker and clean the bathroom thoroughly every day, here are 4 important tricks you might want to dabble on to help make maintenance a hassle-free chore:
1. Cleaning (of course)
Make sure that you are practicing routine clean ups on every bathroom and plumbing fixture. While it is very tempting to use chemical based cleaners since all you have to do is pour them down the drain and leave it for a few minutes, it is essentially harmful to your plumbing system. In fact, the chemical cleaners in the form of large tablets you drop inside your toilet tanks that act as cleaning agents are so strong that they damage the flapper at the bottom of the tank. Although the flapper is a thick rubber, being soaked too long in the chemical-ridden water stored inside the tank erodes most of the rubber that results in it either slowly disintegrating or dissolving the stopper slowly making the tank water run down to the bowl nonstop.
Aside from the flapper, chemical cleaners also cause damage to other fixtures inside the tank. It can loosen screws and bolts and corrode metal unknowingly.
2. Adjust Water Levels
One of the few things that most homeowners do not know about brand-new toilet units is that there are a few adjustments that need to be done after instalment. Within the first 30 days, water level inside the tank needs adjustments since the rubber diaphragm and the ballcock mechanism gets stretched too much. A good water level is at least an inch below the overflow tube. This water level should be maintained and checked ones every 3 months.
3. Proper Use of Toilets
When a toilet bowl is abused in usage, it could lead to breakage and cracks to the surface. When this happens, your only option is to replace the bowl since there is no fixing a cracked or broken bowl. To keep its wellbeing, try to follow safety usage instructions such as not taking a bat or hammer to the toilet, not climbing on top of the bowl, do not hammer any part of the bowl or toilet to loosen a fitting and other practices that will need you to fully rest your weight on the bowl or put pressure and sudden impact on any surface of it.
4. Important Toilet Tips!
Here are options and tips to follow:
- Do not put pressure on the tank lid.
- During installation, avoid leaning the toilet against anything vertical.
- If you want to remove the toilet tank lid, lift it up and support the underside.
- Handle the lid with dry hands. Remove it carefully and place it down on top of a cushioned surface such as a sofa or the bed.