Maintain Your Toilets

Maintain Your Toilets

Posted on August 31, 2013 in Bathroom Remodeling, Bathrooms, Plumbing, Remodeling, Uncategorized


Whether you like it or not, the average person spends three whole years of their life sitting on a toilet. Keep your family safe from bacteria and germs that live on the toilet seat and prevent unnecessary expenses from water damage by maintaining your porcelain throne.


1. Check to be sure the toilet seat is tightly screwed to the base of the toilet. If it’s not, tighten the screws.

2. To test your toilet for leaks, put a few drops of food coloring in your toilet tank. If it seeps into the toilet bowl without flushing, you have a leak. Fixing it can save up to 1,000 gallons a month. Call R.J. Tilley. “We Can Fix That”

3. Remove your tank lid, and take a look at the water line mark. Compare the water line mark to the actual water level (the two should match). If there is not a water line mark, a good level for the water is approximately one inch below the top of the overflow tube. If the water is to low you may not be getting enough water to flush.

4. While your tank lid is open, check to see if the tank is full of rust and mineral deposits. If it is, purchase some chlorine tablets and put them in the tank where it won’t affect any of the mechanisms. If this seems to solve the problem, then chlorine tablets should be a regular part of your home maintenance schedule.

5. Give the toilet a good shake. You don’t want your toilet to rock at all. If it does, this means the wax ring under the toilet is worn out and needs to be shimmed, or one of the bolts under the toilet is loose. It’s likely best to call a plumber to reset your toilet. R.J. Tilley is here to help 24 hours a day 7 days a week!

6. Chlorine bleach is an effective alternative to commercial toilet-bowl cleaners. Add 1/4 cup to the toilet bowl, let stand a few minutes, brush with a toilet brush, then flush. This will disinfect as well. To remove a hard-water ring from the inside the toilet, pour white vinegar into the bowl and let set for an hour. Scrub clean and flush.