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Maintain Your Toilets

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WHY DO THIS?


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.

15 MINUTES
MEDIUM

How To:

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  1. 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. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 4

    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 or handyman to reset your toilet.

  5. 5

    Green Tip: Save water and money every time you flush the toilet. Simply fill a 20-ounce bottle with water. Add rocks so it's weighed down, and drop it in the tank. The bottle allows the tank to be refilled with less water, making your toilet more efficient, and cutting down on your water bill.

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