No modern home should be without a functional toilet. Toilets tend to last a very long time, but eventually will need to be replaced. It begins with toilet repair, and eventually the finish becomes unsightly regardless of how often you clean it. Minerals from hard water build up not only in the under the rim and drain areas where you can clean, but also in the areas inside the toilet where you can’t clean. The following are indications it’s time to contact a plumber in Arlington for toilet replacement:
The Cracked Toilet
No leak should ever be ignored, whether it is a leaky pipe, or a toilet. Water can cause serious damage to the home’s structure and its foundation. Water around the toilet with frequent filling may indicate a crack in the tank. When the toilet appears to be functioning normally, and water is on the floor, this indicates there may be a crack in the bowl. Replacement is the solution for either situation.
Incomplete cracks also call for toilet replacement, as the crack could enlarge at any time. Contact a Benjamin Franklin plumber in Arlington for replacement.
The Aging Toilet
Older toilets are less efficient and tend to have an increased number of problems. Today’s residential toilet is required by Federal Law to use no greater than 1.6 gallons per flush. For homeowner’s who want the best water efficiency, a dual-flush toilet will provide it. Contact a Benjamin Franklin plumber in Arlington for toilet installation.
The Rocking Toilet
Loose bolts are the cause of a rocking toilet. You can tighten the floor bolts in most cases. However, if the problem is due to a rotten floor the floor will require repair. Broken porcelain surrounding the bolts can’t be repaired, and will require toilet replacement.
No homeowner enjoys cleaning a toilet, and the following tips will enable the task to be easier:
Vinegar Cleans and Disinfects
Vinegar is an effective cleaner that sanitizes. Plunge as much water was possible from the bowl. Pour room temperature vinegar in and swish under the rim, allowing it to sit overnight. Pour vinegar into the overflow tube in the tank to assist in dissolving hard water build-up in the interior water channels. In the morning, scrub the bowl with a brush. Vinegar or lemon juice will dissolve hard water build-up, sanitizes the toilet, and provides a clean fresh scent.
A natural pumice stone will remove the stubborn scale that vinegar fails to remove. Scrub gently to avoid scratching the porcelain.
Utilize a Toothbrush
Use a cheap toothbrush to reach the crevices the toilet brush can’t. A Benjamin Franklin plumber in Arlington can demineralize the toilets internal areas. Contact us for further information.
The Brush Matters
The standard toilet brush will not effectively clean under the rim. Look for specialty brushes designed to reach under the rim, or consider replacement with a rimless model of toilet.
Sanitize the Handle
Always disinfect the flush handle each flush. Place disinfecting wipes near the toilet to clean the handle and seat after each use. Don’t flush the wipes, as they will cause clogs.
A Benjamin Franklin plumber in Arlington is available to provide the toilet replacement, toilet repair, or other plumbing services that you need. We serve Arlington, Fort Worth and the surrounding areas, and are a member of the BBB with an A+ rating.