Five Quick Tips for Maintaining Your Toilet

We all know that toilets need to be cleaned on a regular basis. But did you know that there are a few maintenance tips that can help extend the life of your toilet and prevent costly repairs down the road? In this blog post, we’ll share five quick and easy tips for keeping your toilet in tip-top shape. Read on to learn more!

1. Check For Leaks

Leaky toilets can waste hundreds of gallons of water every year. To check for leaks, put a few drops of food coloring into the tank and wait a few minutes. If the color appears in the bowl without flushing, you’ve got a leak.

2. Don’t Flush Foreign Objects

It should go without saying, do not flush anything other than human waste and toilet paper down your toilet. Flushing feminine hygiene products, diapers, or grease can cause major blockages that will require professional assistance to fix.

3. Adjust The Float Ball If Necessary

The float ball is what allows water to enter the bowl when it gets low after flushing. If your toilet is constantly running or not flushing properly, adjusting the float ball may be all that’s needed to fix the problem.

4. Don’t Use Harsh Chemical Cleaners

When cleaning or unclogging the toilet, avoid harsh cleaners. They remove clogs, but they also damage the pipe system. Make your own drain cleaner by combining two cups of hot water with two cups of vinegar. Pour one cup of baking soda into the toilet then follow by pouring the water/vinegar mixture into the toilet. Leave for 30 minutes and flush. In most cases this will destroy the clog.

5. Don’t Use Too Much Force When Flushing

If you have to jiggle the handle or hold it down for an extended period of time to get your toilet to flush, there’s something wrong with the flapper valve (the rubber seal that prevents water from draining from the tank) or the chain that lifts it up when you flush. Both of these problems can usually be fixed with a trip to your local hardware store.

But Wait, There’s More!

In addition to following these tips, be sure to have your toilet professionally serviced at least once a year. By taking good care of your toilet now, you can avoid costly repairs or replacement down the road!


There you have it—five quick and easy tips for maintaining your toilet! Doing some simple maintenance on a regular basis can help extend the life of your toilet and keep it functioning properly for years to come. 

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