Condensation forms when damp, warm air comes in contact with a cold surface, such as a glass with a cold drink inside. When this condensation or sweat drips off that tank of your toilet, it will make your bathroom floor damp for several days, damage it, and rot out your subfloor and framing. To prevent this from occurring, you can always seek the services of a plumber in Sugarhouse, Utah. Or, you can also try the following inexpensive and simple fixes.
Change Your Toilet Habits
There’s a chance that you might prevent condensation for free if everyone who uses the toilet cooperates. First, reduce the humidity level in your bathroom by taking cooler and shorter showers, particularly on humid and hot days. Second, turn on your bathroom fan after showering and leave the door slightly open so that your fan can draw dry air from your house as it exhausts the moist air from your shower. Lastly, whenever possible, refrain from flushing the toilet until the bathroom is sufficiently dry so that the tank doesn’t fill up with cold water and lead to condensation.
Install a Drip Tray
The idea behind this is that installing a tray under the tank of your toilet will help catch excess moisture. Think about this as a coaster under your ice-cold drink to prevent it from wetting the table. While this might look attractive or stylish, it’s a very simple and cheap solution. You’ll just have to clean it regularly,
Inspect Your Flapper
Aside from wasting water and money, trickling water due to a faulty flapper will increase the risk of condensation forming since your tank will be kept cold constantly as it refills itself again and again. To determine if you have a faulty flap, put some food coloring inside your toilet tank and leave it for an hour. If you see colored toilet water, you’ll need to replace the flapper and valve.
Insulate Your Toilet Tank
If your flapper is not the problem, you could try to keep your toilet tank from getting too cold by merely insulating it inside. You can find DIY insulation kits in your local hardware store. The problem with this solution is that you’ll have to drain the toilet tank, measure and cut the insulation panels to ensure a perfect fit, and then glue them inside the tank.
Get a New Toilet Installed
Okay, this isn’t really a cheap solution, but rather than trying to fix your old toilet, you can consider investing in a low-flow toilet instead. This will keep refills of cold water to a minimum, reducing sweats and your use of water. If you don’t want to buy a new toilet, you can consider just replacing the toilet tank with that’s insulated.
There you have it: quick, cheap, and simple fixes to prevent condensation from developing in your toilet tank before it does more damage and wreaks havoc on your bathroom flooring. If you’re not exactly the DIY type or if you’ve tried the suggestions above to no avail, call your trusty plumber to figure out the best solution to your sweaty toilet problem.