Time: 15 minutes
According to the National Association of Home Builders, “toilets have an unlimited lifespan, but the components inside the toilet tank do require some maintenance.” This quick 15-minute checkup of your toilet components will keep your toilet flushing for years to come.
What’s in it for you?
- Fewer repairs
- Clog prevention
- Leak prevention
What you’ll need:
- Food dye
- Rubber gloves
- Locate the water supply valve and inspect it for cracks. Open and close the water shut-off valve to make sure water is flowing properly. Replace the hose if you notice any problems.
- Take the lid off the toilet tank and place it out of the way, where it can’t fall or be stepped on. Use two hands - they crack easily and are heavier than you might think.
- Put on rubber gloves and inspect the bolts at the bottom of the tank for cracks. If the bolts are too tight, the seal can develop a slow leak.
- Make sure the water inside the tank is at a normal level. If you notice the overflow tube consistently filling with water, adjust the tank float ball down until the water level falls below the tube.
- Place a couple drops of food coloring in the tank. Do not flush the toilet and wait 15-20 minutes before checking the toilet bowl. If any of the food coloring has leaked into the bowl, your flapper valve should be replaced.
- Repeat for each toilet in your home.
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Toilet Care Tips
- Clean your toilet bowl weekly. Use a plastic brush (not metal, as it can scratch) and a toilet bowl cleaner or bleach.
- Disinfect your toilet tank, lid, seat, and handle with wipes or spray throughout the week.
- Flush any other products besides bath tissue. This includes hair, grease, lint, facial tissues, hygiene products, paper towels, or other garbage.
- Keep unnecessary items around the toilet tank lid or base. A crack or chip in the toilet’s tank or base can lead to leaks and unnecessary repairs.