Dirty toilet water is a problem no one wants to have, but unfortunately, sometimes these things happen. If you clean your toilet regularly and still find yourself with dirty toilet water, it could mean the problem lies deeper within your toilet tank. Discoloured water can occur due to hard water minerals or something more sinister like a blocked sewer line. While Harpic can’t fix the latter, you can use our powerful formula to remove any hardwater build-up in your tank to keep your water clean.
What you’ll need to get rid of dirty water
- Rubber gloves
- An old toothbrush
- A nylon sponge
- Harpic Flushmatic
How to get rid of yellow toilet water
If you see dirty yellow water in your toilet, it’s best to take a look at what’s going on in your toilet tank. Usually, the culprits are which can also leading you water to discolour. This happens because metal parts in your tank rust, the particles break off to form suspended thick layer, and when you flush it comes out and sits in your toilet bowl. While there’s nothing you can do to stop the rust that flows through your toilet, giving your tank a clean once or twice a year can help prevent build-up.
Before getting your cleaning tools out, try flushing the toilet two or three times. This way you’ll be able get rid of any rust or other limescale and hardwater particles that may be floating around your tank. If the dirty water doesn’t clear, you’ll have to clean your tank with Harpic. Follow the methods below:
Step 1: Empty the toilet cistern. Locate the water valve that can be usually found behind the toilet at the base of the wall and switch the water off.
Step 2: Flush the toilet and hold the handle down so it drains fully.
Step 3: Scrub the stains gently with the nylon sponge to remove the stains.
Step 4: Repeat if needed.
Step 5: Turn the water back on and flush.
For those hard to reach places, use an old toothbrush to scrub away visible hardwater stains. Make sure you scrub lightly, as you do not want to damage any delicate parts of the toilet, as these can be tricky – not to mention expensive – to replace.
For more information, read our guide on how to clean your toilet tank.
For regular cleaning with every flush, pop a Harpic Flushmatic into your toilet tank and wait for 10 minutes before flushing. Then, just replace the block when blue colouring disappears from the water.
How to get rid of brown toilet water
If you spot brown toilet water and you’ve already cleaned your toilet tank, the issue could lie within your pipes. It could be that your pipes have rusted, and the residue of the particles is being pushed through your tank when the toilet is in use. Or, the discolouration of the water could be a result of a blocked sewer line. This blockage causes wastewater to be pushed back up the line, where it contaminates the clean water in your toilet bowl. In either case, it’s best to seek professional advice to fix any plumbing issues.
Dirty toilet water can not only look ghastly but can also be very unhygienic, exposing you and your family to unnecessary germs. By introducing a regular and thorough cleaning routine, you’ll be able to combat any hardwater build-up. This can help ensure your toilet doesn’t bring you any unwanted and unsightly surprises when you flush.