Toilet clogs and leaks are a pain to deal with. Wouldn’t it be great if there were a few simple ways to help prevent these issues from happening? We’ve put together five DIY toilet maintenance tips to help your toilet perform better and last longer. By periodically following these steps, you can prevent common plumbing problems or catch them early to minimize any damage.
Toilet Maintenance Tips
1. Don’t treat your toilet like a garbage can.
To put it simply: Don’t flush anything other than toilet paper. Avoid putting things like feminine products, paper towels, and cleaning wipes down the toilet. Your pipes will thank you!
2. Check your toilet for leaks.
Look for wet areas on and around the toilet, and also on the water pipe that connects the toilet to the wall. If you notice any leaks, call a plumber as soon as possible. Leaks can cause spikes in your water bill and do serious damage to your walls and flooring.
3. Use food coloring to test for water leaks.
Add 5-10 drops of food coloring to your toilet tank. Let it sit for 30 minutes, then check the bowl to see if the water has changed color. If so, you’ve got a leak. Be sure to get it fixed right away!
4. Check the shut-off valve.
The water shut-off valve (a.k.a. stop valve) is the knob that cuts off the water supply to your toilet. Locate the knobby looking under or behind the toilet, and check to make sure it’s turnable. If the knob is resistant or won’t budge when you try to turn it, that’s a good sign it may be faulty. Call us for professional shut-off valve repair or replacement.
For more info on shut-off valves and why they’re important, check out our post: Are Your Water Shut-Off Valves in Good Working Order?
5. Make sure the fill valve is working properly.
Remove the tank lid and flush the toilet. After the tank has refilled, the fill valve should completely stop dispensing water. If it doesn’t, contact us! Our experienced plumbers will quickly diagnose the problem and find a solution.
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