The porcelain throne that sits stately in your bathroom is perhaps one of the most important fixtures in the space. If mold develops anywhere in or near the toilet, it can definitely leave you feeling a little uneasy about using it for your personal needs. While mold issues in or around the toilet are unsightly and unsettling, they can usually be tackled with a little knowledge or help from a local plumber. The location of the mold around or inside of the toilet is a good indicator of why the problem is there. Here is a closer look at common causes of toilet mold according to the location of the problem.
Location of Mold: Inside the bowl just around the upper rim of the toilet.
Likely Cause and Solution: This is perhaps the peskiest toilet mold problem because it is hard to avoid. This mold type leaves an ugly discolored ring just around the rim of the toilet and is relative to the constant moisture in the area because this is where the water fills the bowl. While preventing this mold can seem like an impossible feat, it should be fairly easy to remove by using bleach and a little elbow grease to scrub it away.
Location of Mold: Around the base of the toilet where it meets the floor.
Likely Cause and Solution: If you have mold around the base of the toilet, it is a good sign that the wax seal under the toilet is deteriorating and allowing moisture to constantly slip through. The wax ring is fairly easy to replace, but it does involve removing the toilet, which may not be a job you are comfortable with doing on your own.
Location of Mold: On the underside or backside of the toilet tank.
Likely Cause and Solution: There are a few things that are necessary for mold to form, two of which are lack of dry air and moisture. Every time you flush your toilet, the tank on the back fills with cool water. If the temperature of the water is consistently cooler or warmer than the air in the bathroom, condensation develops on the tank. This constant moisture can lead to mold development in areas that don't get a lot of air flow, such as the backside or underside of the tank. The only real solution to this problem is to wipe down these areas with a dry towel any time you see moisture, but you could also experiment with small water heaters inside of the toilet tank to alter the temperature of the water inside and prevent condensation.
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1 November 2017
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