A sweaty toilet is more than just an annoyance. Water from the toilet drips onto the floor and quickly ruins the bathroom floor. Why does your toilet sweat in the first place, and what can you do to stop it?
The water that forms on your toilet tank is condensation — moisture drawn from the air in your bathroom. As it turns out, your toilet is a natural dehumidifier. Moisture accumulates on the tank’s surface because the tank water is colder than the surrounding air temperature. The temperature differential causes the air to leak water, resulting in a steamy, drippy toilet!
- Prepare Your Toilet
Prepare your toilet. I’m not joking! Water condensing on the surface of your toilet tank can be avoided by insulating it. You can either layer the tank with insulation or cover the entire outside of the tank with a tank cover. Condensation will not occur if the colder tank is not in contact with the warmer air. If you’re prepared to pay a little more, you can also replace your toilet tank with a new, insulated tank.
- Remove The Tank
Some companies produce tankless household toilets. They are not inexpensive, and they normally employ an electric pump to carry water into and out of the toilet. (Hint: a tankless electric toilet will not function during a power outage.) If you can’t get rid of the tank, think about installing a low-profile toilet. The cooler the surrounding air is, the closer your toilet tank is to the floor. (Recall that heat rises.) Keeping your toilet tank hidden can help avoid large changes between the ambient temperature in the bathroom and the water temperature in the toilet tank.
- Reduce The Tank’s Water Content
The tank will sweat less if there is less water in it. Installing a low-flow toilet saves not only water but also minimizes the amount of condensation that can accumulate in a tank. Your bathroom floor will stay dryer if you combine a low-flow toilet with an insulated tank.
- Check If The Flapper Valve Is Working
If the flapper valve at the bottom of the tank is leaking, the toilet will continually take in a significant amount of new, cold water in order to replace the water that has been lost due to the leak. If you plug the hole in the tank, the water inside will eventually warm up to room temperature.
- Use A Drip Tray
This is the one and only piece of advice that will not accomplish anything at all to stop the condensation in your toilet tank. Behind the toilet, there is room on the floor of the bathroom for a drip tray to be placed. Your toilet will still sweat like there’s no tomorrow, but the floor won’t be damaged by the moisture. Although you will need to empty the tray on a regular basis, we believe that this is preferable to rebuilding the floor.
If you’ve observed that your toilet sweats a lot, you can try to fix it by calling Scott’s Plumbing. Our plumber will come to your home and analyze the condition to determine which option is best for you. We’ll generally be able to provide you with a superb solution that fits your budgets. Get it touch with us today!