To most people, toilets are a forgotten part of the home. We use them multiple times per day, and then forget about them as soon as we leave the bathroom. In a lot of cases, we don’t even think of them as mechanical items that require maintenance beyond the occasional need to re-hook the chain in the toilet tank when it slips off. That is fine if you don’t mind having to call a Sacramento home repair company that handles plumbing problems whenever these issues crop up. But if you want to cut down this expense, while improving your toilet’s efficiency, performance, and lifespan, you need to perform the following simple maintenance procedures.
Clean Your Toilet Regularly
Of all these toilet maintenance tips, this is probably the one most people actually do. However, that doesn’t mean it isn’t important. Regularly cleaning your toilet with approved cleaning soaps and equipment such as toilet brushes will keep it looking fresh and new. But if it is not cleaned often enough, your toilet will start to develop unsightly stains that may become permanent. In addition, toilets that are not cleaned regularly can develop a buildup of mineral deposits. Often rust-colored, these mineral deposits can actually harm the functionality of your toilets, causing clogs that can require the immediate help of a Sacramento plumber.
Inspect It On Occasion
Once every couple of months, you really need to give your toilet a good inspection. This will allow you to catch small problems before they grow to be much larger, more expensive issues. You should first make sure the water flow seems normal. Then, you can check the water levels in the tank for anything out of the ordinary. After that, it is a good idea to check your toilet tank for any leaks. A simple way to do this is by adding a bit of food coloring to your toilet tank. Leave it in there without flushing, then check back in a few hours. If the water is still colored, your toilet has no leaks. But it the color has become diluted, it’s definitely time to call a Sacramento plumber.
Don’t Flush What You Shouldn’t
This might seem obvious, but you’d be shocked to learn how many toilet problems are caused by people flushing items that they shouldn’t. Sometimes, you will be able to rectify this problem with an everyday plunger. But other times, flushing something that doesn’t belong in the toilet can cause major problems that could result in serious plumbing work. Pay special attention to items that may seem flushable, but aren’t. A good example of this is baby wipes. Some of them are flushable, and some of them are not. Read the box to make sure you bought the right ones before you accidentally clog your toilet and have no idea why.
Change the Wax Ring
If you have noticed water around the base of your toilet, the culprit might be a dried out or worn down wax ring. The wax ring is the piece that actually seals your toilet to the floor, preventing leakage. Sometimes, this ring needs to be changed. If you are handy, this is something you may be able to do by yourself. You can buy a new wax ring from any hardware store, remove the toilet from the floor, replace the old ring, and reinstall the toilet. If you are not confident in your ability to do this, do not hesitate to call a Sacramento plumber as soon as possible. If you don’t, you may end up with significant water damage to your bathroom floor.
If you would like to talk to a Sacramento home repair company about any plumbing or other bathroom-related issues, please contact the professionals at Russ Johnson Construction today.