When cleaning the bathroom there is one component that is often overlooked. The toilet tank is seldom considered to be in need of a cleaning. However, the tank does require a periodic scrub and inspection. The following are reasons for providing a biannual toilet tank cleaning:
- Seldom used toilets can develop mold in the standing water. Always check on these toilets, including inside the tank for mold.
- Over time, steel and rubber components can deteriorate, resulting in the debris you see in the bottom of the tank which are often bits of rubber and rust. Toilet repair by a plumber in Arlington is often the result of the debris collecting in the toilet tank.
Cleaning the Tank
Begin by shutting off the water to the toilet at the shutoff valve. Flush the toilet to empty the tank. If the shut off valve doesn’t cut off the water entirely, you can shut it off at either the homes main shut off valve or the water meter.
Mix ¼ cup of white vinegar to one cup of water, and use a soft brush to clean the tank with the mixture. Turn the water back on and allow the tank to fill, then flush to rid the tank of the vinegar.
Never use bleach tablets in the tank as deterioration of the tank components will occur. Tank cleaning twice per year should be adequate. However, if you have a toilet prone to mold, clean as often as is required.
Proper cleaning will assist in maintaining a clean tank and prevent the growth of mold and bacteria. In addition, the debris inside the tank can potentially cause damage to other components, or prevent the proper closing of the flapper valve resulting in the tank leaking. For this reason, during cleaning, inspect the chains, float valve and flapper valve in the bottom for deterioration and monitor for cracks in the tank. A cracked toilet can potentially break all the way through at any time, resulting in water damage to your home and foundation. Contact a Benjamin Franklin Plumbing plumber in Arlington for replacement.
When a growing amount of rust and bits of rubber is noted inside the tank during the biannual toilet tank cleaning, it is probably time to contact a plumber in Arlington for toilet repair, before leaks run up the water bill. Cleaning inside the toilet tank only takes a few minutes of your time, but can assist to maintain the toilet in good working order, while providing a clean and odor free tank for your use.
Contact a Ben Franklin plumber in Arlington to schedule a plumbing repair, plumbing installation or maintenance. Our licensed plumbers have the professional expertise to meet and/or exceed the recommended industry standards, providing plumbing services you can rely on. Benjamin Franklin Plumbing serves Arlington, Fort Worth and the surrounding areas. We are a member of the BBB with an A+ rating. We stand behind the Ben Franklin 100% satisfaction guarantee.