Time: 15 minutes
Long after you’re gone, your toilet will still be around. 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 checkup will keep your toilet flushing for generations 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.