Does your toilet have unsightly streaks of orange-brown rust stains inside the toilet bowl? Although not serious, these stains look terrible and make your bathroom seem unhygienic.
Regular cleaning goes a long way towards avoiding these stains in the first place. But once you have them – the problem demands a specific solution and some elbow grease. Not necessarily a job for the expert plumbers at Drain Surgeon – but plumbing is our thing and we love to help. So fear not! Your toilet bowl will soon look spick and span again.
WHAT CAUSES RUST STAINS?
Rust stains in toilet bowls are most often caused by water that contains high levels of iron particles. This could be because of iron plumbing pipes or metal components inside the toilet cistern. As with most stains, sorting it out sooner rather than later makes removal easier as built-up stains are harder to shift.
To resolve toilet rust stains, start by identifying the source of the rust. Do a physical inspection of your home plumbing system or get a professional plumber in your area to have a look. Replacing the rusty water pipes or old geyser could possibly solve the problem. It’s also a good idea to walk over to the neighbours to ask them if they have the same problem. If they do, it’s probably a municipal water supply issue.
If you notice a rusty tint to the water coming from your faucets or taps, you could have corroded pipes in your home. This rusty tint will eventually cause the inside of your toilet to streak orange. If you suspect you might have deteriorated pipes in your home, best to call the experts at Drain Surgeon to do an inspection.
RUSTY COMPONENTS INSIDE CISTERN
Most of the time the components inside your toilet cistern are made of plastic or metal like aluminium. If this is not the case, you’ll notice the components and mechanisms inside your cistern look rusty. The rust will leak into the bowl and eventually stain the sides. To solve this, replace the flushing mechanism with non-corrosive PVC components. Our team of expert vetted plumbers in your area will gladly assist.
EXCESS IRON IN WATER
Borehole and well water often have a brown tint because of the high amounts of iron and other metals found in underground water sources. To deal with this you can install a water filtration system, and/or use a water softener in your home.
So now that you know what the most probable cause is – let’s sort out the stains:
HOW TO SOLVE RUST STAINS IN YOUR TOILET BOWL:
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