While you may think bleach or chlorine tablets are effective products for cleaning your toilet tank, you should know that they can also be harmful to your toilet and plumbing system. Using them may seem like a great way to save some time cleaning, but in the long run, they can deteriorate your toilet and plumbing system. Our plumbing and indoor air quality specialists at Bill Reynolds Heating & Air Conditioning explain more below:
Why Are Toilet Cleaning Tabs Not Recommended?
Like many homeowners, you’re probably looking for an easier way to clean your toilet. Drop-in bleach/chlorine tablets may seem like the solution you’re looking for, but these tablets are caustic cleaners. As they sit in the toilet tank and dissolve in water, the caustic materials interact with the gaskets and washers inside. They can break down these materials over time and affect your toilet’s ability to flush properly.
While it may take longer for some parts of your toilet tank to degrade (such as the bolts that hold the toilet bowl), other plastic and rubber parts such as the seals will break down very quickly. If you use drop-in tablets for about six months, you’ll end up with a leaking toilet that doesn’t flush properly. You’ll need to have it replaced by a plumbing and HVAC maintenance specialist as soon as possible to properly address the problem.
Toilet-Cleaning Tablets Can Also Clog Your Plumbing
Some cheaper cleaning tablets tend to break into smaller pieces instead of properly dissolving. These small pieces can get sucked into the tiny passages inside the toilet and block water flow. They’ll dissolve eventually, but since they’re lodged in the pipes, your toilet won’t flush correctly for a while. This can be a big inconvenience for you and your family.
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