Toilets, like all plumbing fixtures, get a lot of heavy use over the years. Thus they are liable to a wide range of tics and malfunctions. Sweaty tanks are one of the most baffling such problems. Unfortunately, if not addressed in a timely manner, they can also be one of the most damaging. Read on to learn three different tactics you can take when combating a sweating tank.
Install a drip tray on the floor.
Sweaty tanks can end up causing costly damage because all of that condensation eventually ends up on the floor. When the problem persists too long, the floor around your toilet will remain in a state of perpetual dampness. Before you know it, this can lead to things like wood rot, bubbly vinyl, and mold and mildew infestations.
Installing a drip tray won't stop your toilet from sweating. But it will help to keep the unwanted side-effects from becoming a reality. However, it's important to realize that you will have to be proactive about emptying and sanitizing the tray regularly. Because this can be a hassle, drip trays are most effectively implemented as a temporary stop-gap until you can correct the source of the problem.
Make some changes in your bathroom routines.
Condensation is caused by the difference in temperature between the air in your bathroom and the water inside of the tank. When the humidity is high, things tend to get even worse. Luckily, a bit of strategizing can go a long way where your bathroom habits are concerned.
First of all, always be sure to turn on the bathroom fan when showering. This will help minimize the amount of water in the air. If your bathroom isn't equipped with a fan, try leaving the door open a small amount. This will allow drier air to flow in. Finally, if possible don't flush your toilet while the bathroom is still steamy and warm from your shower. Fresh cold water flowing into the tank is much more likely to lead to condensation than the water that's already in there.
Take a look at your toilet flapper.
If it seems like your toilet has begun sweating out of the blue, you may be dealing with a mechanical issue. You see, when a flapper goes bad, it allows small amounts of water to flow out of the tank. This means that more cold water will constantly be flowing into the tank. The good news here is that there's a simple test you can perform to determine if your flapper needs to be replaced.
All you have to do is add a couple of drops of food coloring the water in your tank. Let the toilet sit undisturbed for up to an hour before checking back. If there is colored water in the bowl, then you know that water has been escaping from the tank. This, in turn, points to a problematic toilet flapper. Replacing it as soon as possible will both reduce sweating and increase the overall efficiency of your toilet.
To learn more, contact a residential plumbing company like Watson Plumbing.