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5 Tips for Good Toilet Maintenance

Toilets are the most used fixture in a home, so proper maintenance is crucial in avoiding costly repairs. Just as there are things to consider when installing a new toilet, there are helpful tips we want to share with you to keep your toilet working well and for a long time.

  • Check the inner workings on your toilet every 6 months to ensure everything is functioning properly. Take the tank lid off and flush the toilet. Watch the components work, making sure the flapper is sealing well and the fill valve stops running at an appropriate water level. Check the angle stops, turning it off and on, to make sure there’s no struggle.
  • Replace the wax ring around the toilet every 4 to 5 years. The wax ring can go bad, which can cause sewer smell to come up.
  • Check the tank for leaks. This is a simple home check that anyone can do. Place two to three drops of food coloring in the tank and wait up to 30 mins to see if there is color water in the bowl. If there is, that means there is a tank leak. This can cause a spike in the water bill and it’s best to call us to get that fixed.
  • Watch out for any squealing or humming in the pipes. If you’re hearing any type of squealing after flushing it could mean there’s high water pressure in the home. High water pressure can cause damage to the toilet as well as other plumbing fixtures. Your water pressure should sit at 55/60.
  • Consider water softeners. When the water is soft, it helps avoid corroding of the water pipes and gaskets in the toilet. One of the biggest things we see is corroded gaskets which lead to a tank rebuild.

If you follow these tips, your toilet can remain healthy and functional for decades.

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