2 Effective Solutions for Toilet Stains

When it comes to house chores, there is nothing worse than toilet duty. Cleaning the toilet is an even more frustrating experience when you have stubborn mineral stains that seem to never go away. However, you can rest assure knowing that these stains are not a result of a poor cleaning regiment, which means you are not doing anything wrong. Instead, mineral stains are caused by hard mineral ions in your water.

Fortunately, you can solve this problem with two simple solutions. Continue reading to learn them both!

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Hard Water Woes

Hard water contains mineral ions like iron, lime, calcium, and magnesium, which all work congruently to form stains inside toilet bowls. While stains like green stripes and brown rings are generally an indication of limescale, crusty orange-like stains are likely caused by rust, which forms when iron and oxygen meet. Even if you have a water softener, these hard minerals can still slip through the system and cause toilet stains.

Important Warnings!

Here is what you need to know about treating these stains: you will need to use a lot of elbow grease, and you must avoid recommendations for using muriatic acid. Muriatic acid is a high-level cleaning agent that is extremely dangerous and easily misused. It should only be handled by trained professionals, so do not attempt to use this product at home. Also, it is vital that you NEVER mix bleach and ammonia. In fact, do not use bleach in your toilet at all because it can damage the septic system.

Eliminating Mineral Stains

The first step for removing mineral stains in the toilet is to manually clean it using simple over-the-counter cleaning agents. Start at your local home improvement or grocery store and purchase an acid-based product, such as Lime-A-Way® or CLR® (Calcium-Lime-Rust). You will also need a pumice stone or nylon-bristled cleaning brush.

If you prefer a homemade, non-chemical solution, try combining distilled white vinegar and baking soda (1 to 2 cups of vinegar and a few sprinkles of baking soda), and adding it to the toilet bowl prior to scrubbing. But before you start cleaning the toilet, on the day before, add cola, such as Coke®, to the toilet bowl and let it sit overnight. The acid in the soda will eat away at the stains, making it easier to scrub the next day.

The second step to eliminating pesky toilet stains is to install a whole-house water filtration system. This system will further purify your tap water, eliminating traces of hard mineral ions that are missed by the water softener. Overtime, mineral stains will reduce, and eventually, disappear. To get started, contact a trusted Indianapolis plumber for soft water and water purification assistance you can trust.

Dealing with other toilet issues? See our recent blog, “3 Toilet Problems SOLVED!” to learn what you can do about them!

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3 Toilet Problems SOLVED!

Our toilets are a modern commodity that we often take for granted. After all, most us of grew up in a time when indoor plumbing and contemporary bathrooms were the standard in residential construction. Although toilets have come a long way in terms of innovation and technology, they still have their problems from time to time.

Of all the toilet problems that we experience, there seems to be 3 in particular that are recurrent among homeowners and renters: 1) clogged toilets, 2) running toilets, and 3) stained toilet bowls. Continue reading to learn how to easily solve these 3 common toilet troubles, including what you can do to ensure quality plumbing performance and longevity.

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Clogged Toilets

Nothing’s worse than a backed up toilet. No one wants to be appointed to plunger duty, but sometimes, that is exactly what it takes to combat a toilet clog. If your plunger has a rubber flange (lip), be sure it is fully flipped open for optimal sealing. Don some rubber gloves (and if needed, a full-faced gas mask) and begin by inserting the plunger into the toilet bowl at an angle. Plunge slowly at first, picking up the pace a bit after a few thrusts. The water should begin to drain after 15 to 20 plunges; if it does not drain, you will need to switch to a different tool: a toilet snake.

You have heard of drain snakes, which essentially pull out solid debris from clogged drains. Toilet snakes are basically the same thing, but for toilets. You may need one if the water does not drain after plunging it multiple times. Use the toilet snake in the same way you would a drain snake: insert it deep into the bowl, and then slowly pull it back. Do this a few times until something dislodges enough to drain the toilet water and eventually flush it again. If none of these methods work, you need an Indianapolis toilet plumber.

Running Toilets

Not only are running toilets obnoxious, they give you anxiety since the sound seems like the toilet is nearing a breakdown of some kind. Fortunately, it is quite simple to solve a running toilet problem. First, try wiggling the handle back and forth a few times. This may unhinge any kinks in the flapper within the tank, and stop the running.

If this doesn’t work, open the back of the toilet tank and manually lift and release the cord that connects the flapper and flush valve. This should make the toilet flush, and then stop running. If none of these methods work, you may have a toilet leak, or you may need to replace the flapper or flush valve. In this case, you would need to contact a licensed Indianapolis plumber for professional service.

Stained Toilet Bowls

Have you ever tried to scrub a toilet bowl clean, with no prevail? If so, you are just like thousands of others searching for the most effective and aggressive toilet bowl cleaner on the market. But the truth is, you can make your own toilet bowl cleaner that is just as effective, and perhaps more, than the products you can buy on the shelf. Below is a recipe to try. You will need a glass mixing bowl (plastic or metal will negatively react with essential oils), toilet brush, a wooden spoon, baking soda, some disinfecting essential oil of your choice, and 20% white vinegar.

In your glass bowl, combine 2 cups baking soda and 1 teaspoon of disinfecting essential oil (tea tree, lavender, orange, etc.), and use your wooden spoon to mix them together until lumps are gone. Then just add a spoonful of your powder to the bottom of the bowl, and sprinkle more around the inside of the bowl. Next, pour the vinegar over all of the powder, allow it to fizz up, and then scrub it with your toilet brush. Last, let the mixture sit for 15 minutes, and then flush your toilet clean!

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What Happens if You Throw a Firework in the Toilet?

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There is a new, reckless trend with fireworks and plumbing. For some reason, people want to know what happens when you put a lit firework, like a firecracker, in the toilet. Well, if you are curious too, don’t try it yourself to find out!


The outcome is no secret. Placing a lit firework in the toilet will break it, guaranteed. And if it doesn’t crack the porcelain bowl entirely in half (which is what normally occurs), it will damage the internal trap and fail to hold in the water.

If you already experimented with a firecracker in the toilet, or had a curious member of the family attempt it, you will need to learn what to do. In short, you will need immediate toilet replacement!

Toilet Replacement

In most cases of a firecracker in the toilet, you will only need to replace the toilet. Out-of-pocket expenses will include the purchase of the toilet itself and the plumbing service labor costs for installation. Typically, the average cost of a standard residential toilet ranges between $100 and $300, depending on the brand, retailer, and personal preferences for certain features.

The cost of installation varies among plumbing companies, and depends on several factors, including the complexity of the job and the amount of time it takes to complete. Most companies charge a service fee and then charge by the hour. Expect to pay anywhere between $200 and $300 for standard toilet replacement.

Who to Choose for Toilet Replacement Service

You will need to contact a local plumbing professional for toilet removal and installation service. Be sure they are licensed plumbers who provide haul away service for your broken toilet. Otherwise, you must find a way to dispose of the dirty porcelain yourself! Many plumbing companies will offer this service free of charge, while others will require a small disposal fee.

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A Quick Guide to Draining a Toilet

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In the case that a toilet must be removed, whether for replacement or repair, there is a good chance that it will need to be drained first. Although draining a toilet may sound like an easy and straight-forward project, without the right knowledge, you can quickly have a disaster on your hands. Furthermore, you could potentially injure yourself or damage your plumbing. For these reasons, it is recommended to use a licensed plumber for all your toilet repairs and maintenance needs. They have the proper knowledge, tools, and resources to provide professional service you can trust.

However, if you are committed to your DIY toilet project, continue reading to learn a few effective methods for draining a toilet properly. And in the case that you change your mind, you’ll find information on who to call for prompt service at an affordable price!

Materials You May Need:

Siphoning Hose
Cup or Bowl
Large Sponge
Wet/Dry Vacuum

You may use one or a combination of the above-mentioned materials. Together, they can all effectively drain water from a toilet bowl. Just be sure to wear rubber gloves for protection!

Choose the Method that Works for You:

Method 1 – Plunge the Water

You can use a plunger in the standard up-and-down motion to relieve a toilet bowl of its water. The plunging motion pushes the water back down into the pipe, and within 2 to 3 tries, your toilet bowl should be empty.

Method 2 – Siphon the Water

Although a bit technical, siphoning the water is another effective method to draining a toilet. Visit your local home improvement store to purchase a siphoning hose, or simply cut an old hose down to size. Put the other end of the hose in the bathtub to drain. If the tub is too far, use a large bucket.

Method 3 – Scoop the Water

Although not a first-choice, you can choose to scoop the water out of the toilet basin with a small cup or bowl. Dump the eliminated water into the tub or a large bucket. Once you get to the very last bit of water, use a smaller container to remove it, such as a toothpaste cap.

Method 4 – Sponge the Water

You can, if you choose, use a large, absorbent sponge to remove the water from the toilet. This does take more time, but it can be equally effective as all the other methods. Simply dip the sponge, absorb all the water it will take, and then ring it out in the bathtub or large bucket. Repeat until you are done!

Method 5 – Vacuum the Water

The quickest and most effective method for draining a toilet is to use a wet/dry vacuum to suck all the water out. Just be sure you know how to utilize a wet/dry vacuum properly, and don’t purchase one just for the job unless you are sure you will use it again in the future. They are not cheap appliances!

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Call Weilhammer Plumbing Company at 317-784-1870 for all your Indianapolis toilet repair and replacement needs. Owner Mark Weilhammer provides residential and commercial plumbing service, as well as, master plumber services. He is a state-licensed master plumber who can deliver safe and effective plumbing repair at an affordable price. Call 317-784-1870 to request a free estimate, today.