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Toilet tank smelly and mildewy?

Postby Magilla Gorilla » June 22nd, 2012, 10:17 am

One of you wise Sumpizens may know the answer to a problem that has been vexing me.
The tanks on my toilets (not the bowl) get smelly and have some kind of mold growing in them.
I dump bleach in there and scrub, but still the dark stains remain and the odor comes right back.

How do I get rid of the mold and smell in the toilet tanks?

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Re: Toilet tank smelly and mildewy?

Postby knowse » June 22nd, 2012, 10:25 am

I have no solution for you...but isn't there a toilet bowl cleaner that hangs in the tank area? Or something like 2000 flushes which is a big pill looking thing. Would something like that help?
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Re: Toilet tank smelly and mildewy?

Postby budhaboy » June 22nd, 2012, 10:28 am

sounds like you've got a bunch of phosphate in your water supply - you'll need to put a prefilter in the line to the tank - either that or the ceramic the tank is made of has contaminants that are leaching out
still have your reef test kits? test the water.
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Re: Toilet tank smelly and mildewy?

Postby Snailman » June 22nd, 2012, 10:29 am

Magilla Gorilla wrote:One of you wise Sumpizens may know the answer to a problem that has been vexing me.
The tanks on my toilets (not the bowl) get smelly and have some kind of mold growing in them.
I dump bleach in there and scrub, but still the dark stains remain and the odor comes right back.

How do I get rid of the mold and smell in the toilet tanks?

Thanks!


What kind of water do you have in your house? City/Spring/Well?
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Re: Toilet tank smelly and mildewy?

Postby tangirl » June 22nd, 2012, 10:34 am

If you do go with a hang on toilet cleaner thing, just don't use to puck that sits there. They get lodged in the toilet and clog it.
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Re: Toilet tank smelly and mildewy?

Postby wings » June 22nd, 2012, 10:36 am

tangirl wrote:If you do go with a hang on toilet cleaner thing, just don't use to puck that sits there. They get lodged in the toilet and clog it.


That, and they deteriorate the rubber gasket thingy inside your tank too.
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Re: Toilet tank smelly and mildewy?

Postby Anemone of the State » June 22nd, 2012, 10:39 am

Take it apart, clean it with bleach, replace the rubber stuff (or keep it away from the bleach), and put it back together.
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Re: Toilet tank smelly and mildewy?

Postby tangirl » June 22nd, 2012, 10:39 am

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tangirl wrote:If you do go with a hang on toilet cleaner thing, just don't use to puck that sits there. They get lodged in the toilet and clog it.


That, and they deteriorate the rubber gasket thingy inside your tank too.


Oh, that's right, I read that when I looked into how to replace the rubber gasket thingy (the flapper) inside the tank. The people I bought the house from must have used them because the flapper was all wavy. Oyster-ish.
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Re: Toilet tank smelly and mildewy?

Postby Uncle Mike » June 22nd, 2012, 10:39 am

Stop peeing in the tank.
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Re: Toilet tank smelly and mildewy?

Postby Magilla Gorilla » June 22nd, 2012, 10:40 am

Snailman wrote:
Magilla Gorilla wrote:One of you wise Sumpizens may know the answer to a problem that has been vexing me.
The tanks on my toilets (not the bowl) get smelly and have some kind of mold growing in them.
I dump bleach in there and scrub, but still the dark stains remain and the odor comes right back.

How do I get rid of the mold and smell in the toilet tanks?

Thanks!


What kind of water do you have in your house? City/Spring/Well?

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Re: Toilet tank smelly and mildewy?

Postby Bierboy » June 22nd, 2012, 10:51 am

Anemone of the State wrote:Take it apart, clean it with bleach, replace the rubber stuff (or keep it away from the bleach), and put it back together.

This. Replace all of the rubber. It's cheap. Rubber will pick up odors. Besides you are going to have to do it eventually anyhow.
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Re: Toilet tank smelly and mildewy?

Postby Magilla Gorilla » June 22nd, 2012, 10:52 am

Bierboy wrote:
Anemone of the State wrote:Take it apart, clean it with bleach, replace the rubber stuff (or keep it away from the bleach), and put it back together.

This. Replace all of the rubber. It's cheap. Rubber will pick up odors. Besides you are going to have to do it eventually anyhow.

Yeah, but I was hoping for an easy solution.
I'll try the 2000 flushes stuff.
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Re: Toilet tank smelly and mildewy?

Postby JimM » June 22nd, 2012, 10:59 am

budhaboy wrote:sounds like you've got a bunch of phosphate in your water supply - you'll need to put a prefilter in the line to the tank - either that or the ceramic the tank is made of has contaminants that are leaching out
still have your reef test kits? test the water.



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Re: Toilet tank smelly and mildewy?

Postby tangirl » June 22nd, 2012, 11:02 am

Magilla Gorilla wrote:
Bierboy wrote:
Anemone of the State wrote:Take it apart, clean it with bleach, replace the rubber stuff (or keep it away from the bleach), and put it back together.

This. Replace all of the rubber. It's cheap. Rubber will pick up odors. Besides you are going to have to do it eventually anyhow.

Yeah, but I was hoping for an easy solution.
I'll try the 2000 flushes stuff.

Replacing the rubber is a very easy solution.

But you've got something screwy going on in there - I've never seen that happen before.
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Re: Toilet tank smelly and mildewy?

Postby Magilla Gorilla » June 22nd, 2012, 11:07 am

tangirl wrote:Replacing the rubber is a very easy solution.

As Matt might say, nay. Replacing the gasgets and stuff doesn't sound "very easy" at all. Sounds like a PITA. Then cleaning the tank with a bleach solution?
Blah. Much simpler to hang the 2000 flushes container.

But you've got something screwy going on in there - I've never seen that happen before.

Word. I wonder why the hell it has happened.
When I tested the tap water for phosphates I got minimal levels. Nothing really alarming.
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Re: Toilet tank smelly and mildewy?

Postby tangirl » June 22nd, 2012, 11:16 am

Did you dump bleach in and let it sit for a bit?

That 2000 flushes thing will make dry up the rubber, then you'll be replacing it all anyway. My toilet would run randomly for no reason so I replaced the flapper and that fixed it. But when I replaced it, it looked terrible.
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Re: Toilet tank smelly and mildewy?

Postby JimM » June 22nd, 2012, 11:16 am

Magilla Gorilla wrote:Replacing the gasgets and stuff doesn't sound "very easy" at all. Sounds like a PITA.


It's pretty **** easy
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Re: Toilet tank smelly and mildewy?

Postby tangirl » June 22nd, 2012, 11:17 am

Obviously dumping bleach in and letting it sit will hurt the rubber too, but if you only do it once, eh, no biggie.
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Re: Toilet tank smelly and mildewy?

Postby Magilla Gorilla » June 22nd, 2012, 11:35 am

tangirl wrote:Did you dump bleach in and let it sit for a bit?

That 2000 flushes thing will make dry up the rubber, then you'll be replacing it all anyway. My toilet would run randomly for no reason so I replaced the flapper and that fixed it. But when I replaced it, it looked terrible.

Yeah, did the bleach thing.
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Re: Toilet tank smelly and mildewy?

Postby tangirl » June 22nd, 2012, 11:40 am

Ok, then Chip, you just go ahead and do whatever the hell you want anyway. Thanks for asking. :P
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