We get the appeal of toilet tablet cleaners. You just drop a blue circular disc in the toilet tank, and it does the rest. No need to worry about any wiping or scrubbing on your end. However, as convenient as these cleaners may be, we must advise you not to use them.
Tablet cleaners were released in the 90s and got tremendous hype since it relieved homeowners of an undesirable chore. However, plumbing services reported a spike in toilet repairs not long after the cleaner’s release. Further study reveal that the damage was due to the bleach from the tablets. The bleach alkalinized the water, causing corrosion and brittleness to vital components, such as the flapper, flush valve, and any other parts containing rubber and plastic.
Many homeowners simply dropped a tablet in the tank and forgot about it. This meant a slow, consistent, and prolonged release of alkaline into the water, destroying the toilet it was meant to clean.
In-tank tablet cleaners did so much damage that toilet manufacturers even began including a clause in their warranty. The statement warns the warranty will not cover damage from tablet cleaners.
The solution is simple: stay away from in-tank cleaners and stick to toilet cleaning the manual way – with yellow latex gloves and a toilet brush. We realize it’s not a fun household chore, but this will keep your toilet healthy and germ-free, not to mention free of odors.
Aside from regular toilet cleaning, you should also schedule regular maintenance with Plumbing & Heating Specialist. The same goes for your heater and other similar fixtures. Our special offers keep checkups affordable. As for those toilet tablet cleaners, we realize they’re tempting to use, but resist the urge.
Edited by Justin Vorhees
Serving Customers in Snohomish, King & Pierce Counties, including Lynnwood, Mukilteo, Edmonds, Mill Creek, Bothell, Snohomish, Shoreline, Brier, Mountlake Terrace, Maltby, Lake Forest Park, Everett, Marysville, Lake Stevens & Woodway