I can't figure it out. There's a mold growing up to the water line in the
toilet bowl (not in the tank). I initially thought it was the valve, flapper
and toilet bolts braking down as it looked like a black powder rubber
residue. I rebuilt the whole thing, new: bolts, fill tube, tank flange
gasket, flapper etc. and put in a new valve system...but the mold came back.
I'm currently soaking it with bleach. It's my wife's toilet and she has the
habit of not flushing at night so as not to wake the kids. hmm..Should I
snake it out, I'm thinking just a general build up of crud in the trap might
be feeding the problem? Thx.
Urine has lots of solids in it that will precipitate out. It is best to
flush and the kids will not be bothered anyway.
A few treatments of bleach solution should get the trap cleaned as well
after a few flushes. It can also be a high mineral content in the water
adding to the residue.
You may have mould growing inside the rim where the water is channelled
around inside the rim to come out multiple holes in the underside of the
rim. If mould is growing there, the spores will be released with each flush
and re-establish another colony at the waterline in the bowl. Try pouring a
little bleach down the overflow inside the tank, you may need to use a
funnel to get the bleach directed down the small opening of the overflow.
This should clean out this area.
Ahhh. This could be. I've poured about a half a cup of Javex down the fill
tube now also. I've also read of people using muriatic acid to "speed up"
bowls this way. The other thing I forgot to note is that this bathroom has a
tub which is rarely used. I sent some bleach down the drain there too just
in case the mold was resident in the trap of the tub and creeping back
toward the toilet via the pipe. Thx.
The crazy part is I lived in another house as a bachelor and needless the
say the toilet bowl wasn't high on the list of priorities when I came to
cleaning, but that toilet almost never had any problems. I get married I
move into a new house (circa 1970s) and it seems these toilets are more
suspectable to the problem.
Discoloration in this area is caused by permanganates in the water.
Bleach and normal stain removers will not help. Oxalic acid is what I
use. It is in "Bartender's Friend" and "Stainless Steel Cleaner".
Also, diswasher detergent works. Throw a bucket of water in the bowl to
cause it to drain by syphon action.
Get some bromine tablets at any pool/spa supply store/department. They have
them at Wally World. Put one in there. Should last about two weeks. Put
it in the corner away from the drain hole.
I know the problem is in the bowl, and not the tank, but by putting
brominated water in there, it MIGHT help. It will cost you about $8 to find
out. If you know someone with a spa, get a half a dozen from them. You'll
know in the first week.
I flush mine after each use and the mold problem persists. I put tablets in
the tank, clean with bleach or ammonia (not at the same time), scour with
pumice. Neighbors tell me it's the water. Aside from a complete scrubbing
every two weeks during the summer months, I haven't found a solution. The
problem exists only during the summer when incoming water temperature is
above 70 degrees.
<< It's my wife's toilet and she has the habit of not flushing at night >>
1) Make her take an antibiotic pill to produce sterile urine.
2) Install a high powered UV lamp to operate on the bowl when the lid is down.
You know I'm kidding, right?
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