How To Keep Your Old Toilet Maintained

Posted on: 12 April 2016

If you have an old toilet, you need to learn how to keep it maintained. This way it will continue working for you. Below are some common problems you may come across, as well as how you can keep your toilet nice and shiny for you and for any visitors that you may have.

Preventing Toilet Leaks

You can prevent toilet leaks by keeping the hardware in good condition. If your toilet is already leaking, the water will come from either the water pipe or the base of the toilet bowl.

The water pipe is found behind your toilet, which is generally silver. It connects the toilet to the wall. You will see a seal on each end of the water pipe where it makes a connection. If these seals are worn out, they will need to be replaced. If you see water around the water pipe not near the seals, then the pipe will need to be replaced.

If the toilet is leaking from around the base, you will have to replace the wax seal. This seal seals the toilet to the floor. Lift the toilet up from the ground, replace the wax seal with a new one, and lower the toilet down to the floor.

Repairing A Toilet That Runs Constantly

Most toilets use the same mechanisms inside. Open the tank, and press down the toilet handle. A chain lifts up a flapper, which allows the water in the tank to drain into the bowl. If your toilet is running constantly, flush it and look at the flapper as you do. The flapper may not be opening when the toilet is flushed. If so, make sure the chain is free or there is not anything catching it. In some cases, the hinge on the flapper will rust. If so, you can replace the hinge. If the flapper and other parts look like they are worn out, you should replace them.

Preventing Mineral Deposits

If you have hard water, mineral deposits can build up in the toilet bowl. These deposits can be very hard to remove, so preventing them is a good practice.  One way you can do this is to drain the toilet of water, and clean the water line using a toilet bowl cleaner. Do this twice per week to keep the mineral deposits from forming. Another thing you can do to completely prevent them is to install a water softener in your home.

If you have problems repairing your toilet or do not feel comfortable doing it yourself, call a plumber remodeler to do it for you. While they are there, they can answer any other questions you may have about your bathroom, such as installing a new shower or bathtub.

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