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barb in texas

07:41AM | 01/07/02
Member Since: 01/06/02
3 lifetime posts
Bvplumbing
Ever since we have moved into our new house (less than 2 years old), we have been getting mildew in the toliet tanks. This is only occuring in 2 of the 4 toliets. When you lift the toliet tank lid, you could see mildew along the tank that is not covered by water, mildew on the toliet tank lid, and mildew forming on the wall where there is a dip where the toliet tank lid and tank meet. I have never experienced this before. Any ideas?

Iceman

01:25AM | 01/13/02
Member Since: 11/16/01
301 lifetime posts
Dear Barb,
I've encountered this problem once before. The instance that I encountered had to do with the commode being on the first floor of a slab house. The walls were'nt insulated and the siding was into the dirt. The moisture whicked up to the walls and formed mildew which spread to the tank. Mildew is a fungus and will spread much as a weed will. Drill a hole in the wall right above the toilet tank. Fell inside. If you feel moisture or a draft, that could well be your problem. Also look through the hole for any outside light. That is how moisture gets into the home. If this is so, fix the problem,then replace the drywall behind the commode as far as necessary to remove the mildew. It will keep on keepin' on. Bleach will cure the mold in the tank. However, make sure there are no other chemicals present.

Let me know,
Len

barb in texas

07:51AM | 01/21/02
Member Since: 01/06/02
3 lifetime posts
The commode is located on the first floor, but it is on an interior wall. The mildew is coming from the tank itself and eventually gets on the wall. We use the chlorine bleach tablets and last about 3 months, but the concentrated chlorine seems to be making the flap fall about. We have been changing that out abotu evry 5 months. Any other suggestions????

Iceman

11:59AM | 01/21/02
Member Since: 11/16/01
301 lifetime posts
Dear Barb,
I'm going to take a stab at this and wonder if there is a heat source very near to the commode. Do you use well water? If so take a sample and have it checked. Also, take the tank cover off, turn it upside down, place it in the tub and soak it in bleach for an hour or so. Rinse thouroughly and replace. The virtrous china unfinished inside of the cover is porus and will support an algae source. The ideal living arrangements for algae are heat, moisture and a place to cling to. There are so many possibilities that I can't begin to fathom the rest. One last thought though. If your toilet is loose in it's moorings, enough bacteria may escape to form the basis of an algae attack. The inside of your sewer has all the prerequisites for forming algae, fungus, mildew, etc.
Let me know what you find.There are a number of algacides on the market also. This will take a bit of detective work on your part.
Len

rpxlpx

04:36AM | 01/22/02
Member Since: 03/13/00
1675 lifetime posts
Barb, chlorine affects rubber flappers. Get one that's not rubber. They're out there and only a bit more $$.
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