Cleaning Toilet Jets

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    Clean Your Jets

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    If cleaning out the trap doesn’t solve the case of the slow flush then your toilet is probably dirty. Even if you use Scrubbing Bubbles religiously they may not be doing all the scrubbing for you. Bacterial and mineral deposits can still be forming under the rim and clogging the jet holes.

    To check if you have a clogged jet problem flush the toilet then pay close attention to the stream of water coming from the jets. They should shoot lots of water out diagonally around the bowl. If the water...MORE goes straight down that is a good sign that the jets are partially blocked. But by what?

    That question is easy to answer with the help of a small mirror. Place the mirror under the rim and look at the jet holes. If you see dark orange or black spots then you have a bacteria problem. If what you see looks scaly and light in color mineral deposits are your problem.

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    Cleaning Out Bacteria

    To rid the bowl of bacteria, you are going to want to kill as much of it as possible. And not just what’s lurking in the bowl, but also under the rim and in the jets holes. To do this make a bleach solution of one part bleach to 10 parts water. Next, remove the tank lid and pour the solution into the overflow tube, which is the long plastic tube that has a smaller rubber tube going into it.

    Let the solution work it’s magic for about five minutes then flush the toilet. Now comes the dirty...MORE part--cleaning out the jet holes. With a piece of wire, scrape out each jet hole, using the hand mirror to make sure you get them all. After this, you will want to clean around the jets with bowl cleaner and a scrubbing pad. Follow this up by pouring more bleach solution into the overflow tube.

    If bacteria build up is a reoccurring problem, you may want to put a tablespoon of bleach into the overflow tube periodically. Never attempt to remedy the problem with in-tank cleaners. The chemicals they contain will deteriorate rubber parts in the tank, like the flapper or tank ball. They also negate any manufacturer’s warranty.

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    Cleaning Out Mineral Deposits

    Removing mineral deposits is similar to the method for cleaning out bacteria, with slight variations.

    Instead of a bleach mix, vinegar will be used. It seems that vinegar works better at breaking up deposits when it’s heated. It doesn’t have to be boiling hot; around 120 degrees Fahrenheit will do.

    Again you will pour the liquid into the overflow tube, allowing the vinegar to sit for about 30 minutes before flushing.

    Next, you will want to clean out the jets, this time using Allen wrenches. Start...MORE off with a small wrench and as you clean out the jets increase the size of the wrench. Be cautious when using the wrenches, as porcelain chips easily. Again use a hand mirror to check your work.

    If the problem persists, it is a good indication that you may need to install a water softener.