Ask Vince #13 Low-Flow Toilet with Blue Streaks

Toilet With Blue Streaks

QUESTION: I have an expensive commode with a pull knob on top and very low water flush. The back part of the commode has blue steaks that we have been unable to remove. What could be causing them?
C. Sanders, Volcano

ANSWER: “The blue streaks are more than likely due to the tank seal permitting a small trickle of water to leak past it into the bowl,” says Vince McDonald of McDonald Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning in Sacramento. “We rarely see your problem under normal operation when the toilet is flushed,” he says.

“Another problem that a constantly leaking tank seal can cause is a failure in the wax seal at the floor,” McDonald warns. “Your toilet has a wax seal under the toilet bowl that connects it to the drainage system. If you want to change the seal and are unsure or unable to do so, I suggest that you hire a licensed plumbing firm to take care of it. This is one maintenance problem you can’t afford to put off,” McDonald says.

If you have a leaking low flow toilet in Sacramento that is causing blue streak stains in your toilet bowl here are some great solutions you can use to remove the stain:

  • Vinegar is a great solution to the traditional chemical filled cleaning supplies. One method is to place three cups of vinegar into the toilet bowl and scrub the stains with a toilet brush. The other method is to put the vinegar into a spray bottle, drain the toilet bowl and spray the vinegar directly onto the stains
  • Bleach is a very strong cleaning agent. Place a half a cup of dry bleach powder into the toilet bowl and let it sit there for a couple of hours. When you see the stains have disappeared flush away the bleach.
  • Borax powder is a very powerful cleaning agent that’s not found in a supermarket, but in a hardware store. Shut the water supply to the toilet tank and empty the bowl by flushing it once. Sprinkle the powder directly on the stains and rub them with a toilet brush. After scrubbing, let the powder sit for thirty minutes. Then reconnect the water supply to the tank and flush the toilet.
  • Trisodium Phosphate is a an industrial strength cleaning agent. Add 1 tablespoon of trisodium phosphate to 1 gallon of warm water and mix well. Soak a cloth on the solution and use it to rub the stain clean.

Of course you will want to get the leaking toilet seal causing the blue streaks to be replaced.

Contact McDonald Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning in Sacramento to Fix Your Blue Streaks Toilet Leak Today!

Since 1957 McDonald Plumbing, Heating Air Conditioning has been providing noisy, gurgling pipe repairs to Sacramento residents and businesses. We also serve Sacramento and the surrounding communities with a full line of plumbing, heating and air conditioning repairs such as tankless and regular water heater installation and repair, air conditioning installation and repair, home energy audits, home comfort systems, sewer and drain cleaning, sewer and water line repair and repair of slab leaks.

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