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Toilet Maintenance

Don’t treat your toilets as a universal garbage disposal. Just because a product is called disposable or flushable doesn’t mean it should be flushed down the toilet. Keep a waste paper basket in the bathroom for such things as facial tissues, gum, all sanitary products, bandages and paper towels. Disposable diapers don’t belong in a toilet unless you first remove the plastic liner and tear the paper diaper into smaller pieces. Flushing a single facial tissue down a toilet is unlikely to cause a problem, but it helps to develop a bad habit that creates the impression that a toilet can digest everything. Plus, flushing a toilet to dispose of a facial tissue is a colossal waste of water. Also remember that hazardous chemicals may not harm your toilets, but they shouldn’t be flushed away either.

Throw the toilet bowl cleaning brush away as soon as the bristles wear down and metal is showing. Once the bowl is scratched, it’s impossible keep clean, and you won’t be able to repair the scratches. A plastic brush is less likely to scratch the china.

Never use a toilet for a ladder. Don’t stand or sit on a toilet tank lid. And avoid putting any pressure against a tank by leaning back against the tank.

 

Toilet Maintenance Step 1:

 

Check to see if your toilets are grouted around the bottom. If the grouting around the toilet is deteriorated, then it could cause the toilet to be loose. This will cause your toilet to rock back and forth.

 

Toilet Maintenance Step 2:

 

Check your shut off valves and make sure that they move freely and don’t stick in place. If these angle stops aren’t fiddled with and rotated a couple times a year then the valves can dry up and become difficult to turn off. Of course you can see how this may be a problem if an emergency occurs and you desperately need to cut off your water. Make sure to give your shut-off valves some love every once in a while

 

Toilet Maintenance Step 3:

 

Check your handle and make sure it flushes properly. Ensure that the chain fits the handle well and allows for a clean and clear flush.

 

Toilet Maintenance Step 4:

 

Check the inside of the tank and examine the guts of your toilet. While flushing, look to see that the water drains and refills. Check your flapper to make sure that it is in good shape as these must be replaced quite frequently.

 

Toilet Maintenance Step 5:

 

Check in on the shape of your tank-to-bowl bolts as well as your tank-to-bowl gasket. These rust and deteriorate pretty quickly which can create a leak outside the tank.

 

Toilet Maintenance Step 6:

 

Check the bolts that hold your toilet to toilet flange. If your toilet is rocking back and forth then this may be because the bolts are rusted out or because the flange or wax ring under your toilet has rotted away or cracked.