Have you ever seen a toilet sweat? That’s right: at times if left unattended, a toilet may end up with drops of water building up on the outside of the tank. After that, it’ll drip down and get onto your floor or even walls. While it may feel minor, you still ought to call a plumber to have it looked at. It can end up increasing the humidity in your bathroom, damaging walls or floors, or even developing mold that can damage your health. Don’t let toilet sweating get out of hand! Instead, take advantage of these tips for preventing toilet sweating from happening in the first place.
Remove Excess Humidity
An easy way to address the problem is to remove humidity from your bathroom. Using your fan more often may help just enough to dry the space out, removing water stains and preventing water damage. Taking shorter showers or just leaving doors and windows open after you shower can all help as well. Let that humidity get out and allow your washroom to breathe a bit. If none of that works, you may want to look into a portable dehumidifier to help keep that room dry and free of toilet sweats.
Insulate Your Toilet
Insulation can be another solution. There are a few ways you can do this. There are tank liners that come with insulation kits but you could go as far as to cover the outside of the tank with a cover. Some modern toilets even come with insulation in them.
A simple solution is to ask your plumber to put sheets of polystyrene or foam rubber inside the tank walls of your toilet. This should be easy enough and it should fix the problem. Insulating the pipes inside your home may also make a difference in preventing your toilet from sweating.
Keep Your Toilet Water Warm
Condensation on your toilet will form because the toilet water is too cold. It only stands to reason that warming the water up will help. A plumber can install a mixing valve to help incorporate warm water into the tank, keeping everything warm enough to prevent sweats. However, hot enough climates can make this difficult and you may notice more sweating during the summer caused by the imbalance between the temperature of the room and the temperature of your water.
Use Less Water in the Tank
This isn’t always the best solution but if you’ve tried other options and are still having issues, you may need to use a low-flow toilet. Low-flow toilets use less water so they also benefit from the fact that they give you lower bills and reduce waste. That said, they also use less water in general, which means less water that could potentially build up on the side of your tank.
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