The toilet tank is one of the most commonly ignored appliances when it comes to cleaning. Most people rarely think twice about the tank that holds the mechanisms to make your toilet run. It is not as if it gets dirty in there right? Wrong!
Mold & the Unused Bathrooms in Your Home
Depending on how frequently the toilet is used, your toilet tank can have some serious cleanliness issues. For instance, how frequently does that toilet in the basement or a guest bathroom get used? Those unused toilet tanks are standing water, which can quickly turn to mold. Mold can make a bathroom smell bad and can lead to the spread of mold throughout the rest of the bathroom.
Issues From Dirt, Dust, Debris & Mineral Buildup in the Toilet Tank
Over time, dirt, dust, and debris can actually find its way into your toilet tank. The buildup of these and minerals, depending on the type of water your home has, can actually lead to issues with the inner workings of your toilet as well as cause the toilet to malfunction quicker than it should.
Buildup can corrode the inside of your tank and ruin the steel fixtures inside of it. The buildup can also cause odors inside the tank that can seep out into the air. With the tank being so dirty, the buildup and dirt can find its way into the toilet bowl and make it difficult to keep clean.
Cleaning Your Toilet Tank & the Steps Involved
Cleaning your toilet tank is a very quick and easy procedure. We recommend using a mixture of ¼ cup of vinegar for every 1 cup of water. This ensures your toilet tank is being disinfected without causing damage, which the use of bleach or chemical cleaners can do.
Follow these steps the next time you go to clean your toilet tank:
- Turn off the water to the toilet and give it a final flush before cleaning. This makes sure the tank is empty and ready to be cleaned.
- Get your gloves and cleaning solution. Spray down every part of the toilet tank and let it sit briefly. Scrub it clean and repeat if necessary.
- Turn the water back on and allow the tank to fill up and flush it clean one more time.
Tips to Keep in Mind When Cleaning
It is a good idea to be consistent in cleaning your toilet tank to avoid both mold and debris from building up inside your toilet. This will protect your toilet, keep it clean, and aid in it lasting longer. When cleaning your tank, keep these tips in mind:
- It is recommended that the toilet tank is cleaned approximately twice per year.
- Cleaning your tank should be done only when you are wearing gloves to protect your skin from chemicals and bacteria.
- Avoid commercial cleaners, such as toilet tank tablets, that are made of bleach and can quickly cause erosion on the rubber fixtures in the tank.
Call us to have your toilet inspected for mold or other major issues by calling us.
If cleaning your tank does not solve the problem of odors or any bacterial problems, your plumbing issue may be greater than just an unclean tank. Contact True Plumbers at (863) 667-6364 for an inspection of your toilet and plumbing to ensure nothing major is going on. Maintaining a clean toilet tank will help your toilet last longer and avoid any further visits from the plumber!
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