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Touchless Bathroom Faucets Offer Many Benefits

Touchless water faucet

Many people in Ann Arbor are considering whether it’s a good idea to invest in touchless bathroom faucets. These faucets work using motion sensor technology and make turning the water on effortless. Water flow begins when your hands move in front of the sensor and stops when you take your hands away. Our southeast Michigan plumbing professionals want to share some of the most essential benefits of touchless bathroom faucets with our customers.

Simple to use. Whether you choose a basic hands-free bathroom faucet or one that’s more complex, these faucets are easy to use and ideal for everyone. They are particularly useful for the elderly, young children, those with compromised motor skills, or other situations in which washing hands the traditional way may be difficult. Maintenance is kept to a minimum as touchless bathroom faucets rarely have leak issues, especially those of a higher quality. Customers at your business will appreciate the ease of use, and homeowners enjoy the fact that these types of hands-free faucets can increase the value of your property.

Save a bundle on water bills. No running the water to get it to the desired temperature, or watching it go down the drain while brushing teeth. Touchless bathroom faucets deliver water “on-demand,” only when your hands motion the sensor. Business owners won’t go into restrooms to find customers left the water dripping; homeowners don’t have to worry about children wasting water. Support the environment by not wasting water and save on monthly bills.

Practice good hygiene. As you can imagine, sanitation can be an issue when countless people touch knobs or handles throughout the day. Because there are no knobs or handles to worry with, hands-free faucets make good sense to prevent the spread of germs and viruses. You will need to clean the sensor area and faucet frequently to ensure a healthy environment. Still, germs are kept to a minimum due to less frequent or no touching.

Are you in need of faucet repair in your home or business? At Haley Mechanical, our expert plumbers put forth the greatest effort when it comes to helping keep home and commercial bathroom faucets functioning correctly. For repairs, service, or a new touchless bathroom faucet in Dexter or other areas of SE Michigan, give us a call today.

Preventive Measures We Take During Flu and Virus Season

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This is the prime time of year for viruses and flu, and while this season the concerns are more far-reaching, comfort is still important – especially considering you may be spending more time at home than usual. Homeowners in Ann Arbor and throughout southeast Michigan rely on their HVAC systems for a cozy, comfortable space. That said, our heating and cooling technicians are responsible for keeping your equipment in good working order. 

While we are serious about keeping our community safe and preventing the spread of viruses or other illnesses throughout the year, we want to remind you of some of the preventive measures we take in an effort to keep flu or emergent viruses in check. 

You can help by doing your part, which is simple. If someone in your household is ill, contact us to reschedule your appointment.

Haley Mechanical Flu Season Protocol

Wash hands for at least 20 seconds. This is mandatory and performed not only after visiting the bathroom, but at every break. Thoroughly washing hands is the simplest way to avoid spreading germs.

Hand sanitizer is supplied in all of our company vehicles and used following customer interactions, deliveries, or prior to entering another establishment.

Disposable gloves are used when possible for removing filters, trash, or other items at customers’ homes or place of business. Wash hands right away upon disposing of gloves.

Customer service reps inquire about illness when confirming appointments. As mentioned earlier, if you or a family member are sick we ask that you reschedule your appointment.

Anti-bacterial wipes are provided in our vehicles and are used to thoroughly wipe down all devices we use following every interaction with customers. You know that the equipment we bring in to diagnose or make repairs is sanitized to prevent spread of germs or viruses.

Proper storage and removal of trash. Air filters and other trash taken from customer homes is contained completely within a trash bag and removed immediately from vehicles for trash pick-up by field staff.

Items brought in from homes where someone is being treated for the flu are disinfected prior to entering Haley Mechanical’s office or company vehicles, or before entering a customer’s home. Our technicians relay any information regarding customer illness to managers.

Call in sick. If any technician is ill or has symptoms similar to those of the flu, he/she communicates with the manager by calling in. We do our part not to spread those germs and viruses around!

At Haley Mechanical we have a device that cleans air circulating throughout our premises, the Clear Sky DM by RGF Environmental Group. If you are in the SE Michigan area you can rely on our team to not only ensure your family’s comfort, but to support wellness during a tough flu and virus season. Give us a call today!

Fall is Here, Time to Focus on a Comfortable, Cozy Michigan Home

Fall Leaves in Dexter, Michigan

October is quickly moving toward November, temperatures are chilly, and you can already smell the pumpkin pie you will have for Thanksgiving. Keeping your home warm and cozy is important, but it does require a little effort on your part to keep costs down. Our SE Michigan HVAC professionals have a few suggestions for a cozy, energy efficient home.

Ensure your heating system is functioning at its best.

Before the frigid temperatures set in it is a good idea to schedule a fall HVAC maintenance check. Our professional heating technicians will thoroughly inspect all components of your system and ensure it is clean and operate at maximum efficiency. Additionally, your fall check-up will make it possible to catch any small issues that could potentially turn into a huge (and costly) headache, so that you can enjoy warmth and comfort all fall and winter long.

Consider a Lennox Ultra Smart Thermostat

As a Lennox dealer, we know the advantages of Ultra Smart Thermostats for the ultimate in comfort and energy efficiency. When your family is at home and up for the day, set the thermostat at the lowest temperature that doesn’t compromise your comfort. When you are away at work, sleeping, or out for the day, you will enjoy saving approximately 10% annually on your utility bill by merely turning the thermostat down 10 or 15 degrees over an eight-hour period!

Learn how to save on energy room to room

From turning the lights off and making the switch to LED or CFL bulbs instead of fluorescent and using light dimmers, you can find more ways than you could imagine to save on energy consumption and costs all around the house.

Also keep in mind that it is a good idea to close the damper on the fireplace when you are not burning wood, as warm air escapes right up to the chimney when you leave it open, similar to an open window. Close the flue if you have a wood burning stove when not using it.

Air leaks around windows & doors are a significant factor

Even the tiniest crack, hole, or leak can compromise your comfort and result in higher utility bills. Check around all windows and exterior doors for air leaks, and use caulk to fill any gaps or cracks. Weather stripping should be replaced when worn, and don’t forget to use door and window snakes to keep out cold drafts. Heavy drapes or curtains also prevent heat loss, and window insulation film keeps you warm while keeping cold air at bay.

Let the sunshine in

In areas of your home that face the sun, open up the curtains or blinds and let the sun warm your home naturally. Leave curtains closed over windows that don’t allow sunshine in, then close all of the drapes as the sun begins to set to hold in the warmth the sunshine generated during the day. Free heating!

For more tips or to learn more about the iComfort® S30 Ultra Smart Thermostat and other Lennox products, give Haley Mechanical a call today!

Benefits of Commercial Air Curtains for Restaurants, Bars & More

Air curtain being used in a restaurant

Restaurateurs, bar owners, and others in the foodservice sector are all too familiar with some of the challenges related to these types of businesses. From saving on energy costs to keeping out dirt, debris, and pests and giving the customer a great experience, it can be tough.

One of the best investments you can make that provides you with many benefits is in a commercial air curtain. Properly installed, an air curtain helps you keep out the dirt, debris, and other things you don’t want in your establishment, helping you maintain high sanitation standards. Air curtains also enhance customer comfort, help keep energy costs lower, and keep employee turnover to a minimum. And this is just the beginning!

Here are some of the most important benefits you will enjoy by installing a commercial air curtain in your restaurant, bar, or other food establishments.

Reduced energy costs. Placed right over your door, air curtains are invisible, so they don’t detract from that welcoming “open door” feel customers enjoy. They create a significant barrier against unwanted hot or cold air infiltrating your indoor spaces, keeping energy costs down as your conditioned air stays indoors where it belongs. While you enjoy more comfortable spaces, your heating and cooling equipment won’t have to work overtime to compensate, which means less wear and tear on your HVAC equipment, lower energy bills.

Greater comfort for your customers. Customer satisfaction is your top priority as a restaurant or bar owner, and spaces that are too cold or warm compromise your patrons’ comfort. During southeast Michigan’s cold winter months, air curtains prevent warm inside air from spilling out of an open door and allowing cold air to come inside. Whether during summer or winter months, customers will be happy to sit close to the door or wait on an open table because their comfort won’t be affected by an open door. Keep customers inside your establishment longer and expect higher profits.

Reduce the work on your current cooling or heating systems. Heat loss (or gain, depending on the season) is dramatically reduced when you use an efficient air curtain, meaning less work for your existing heating or cooling system. When your equipment doesn’t have to work as hard to heat or cool your indoor spaces, it will not only function more efficiently but last longer.

Enjoy a healthier, cleaner environment. Air curtains make it difficult for outdoor air to come in as they are designed to recirculate the air in your establishment, creating an effective seal. This means they are effective for keeping out dust, dirt, pollen, flying insects, traffic fumes, and more, helping your customers and employees enjoy a healthier, cleaner environment.

Keep employee complaints, turnover, and absenteeism to a minimum. When employees are happy, they tend to complain less and stay with their jobs. Comfort is a huge part of employee satisfaction, just as it is for customers. Whether in the kitchen, service entry or back-of-the-house, air curtains keep the various rooms and sections of your restaurant comfortable and draft-free. You will see less absenteeism and more motivation and job satisfaction in your employees.

Invite new business to your restaurant or bar. Open doors are inviting to those who pass by your establishment, no doubt about it. Potential customers know your restaurant is open for business and they will come in not only to enjoy your food, but the great atmosphere and comfort air curtains provide.

A commercial air curtain could be a cost-effective solution for those who are tired of an uncomfortable environment and spending too much on energy costs. We invite those in Ann Arbor and surrounding cities in SE Michigan to learn more about air curtains and their many benefits by contacting Haley Mechanical today!

Do Tankless Hot Water Heaters Deliver Instant Hot Water?

Bathroom in Ann Arbor, Michigan

It’s hard for many people to believe that they can enjoy hot water ‘instantly’ by having a tankless water heater installed.  Today’s modern technology makes it possible for you to save on energy consumption and costs by heating water only when you need it – in other words, on demand.  The thing is, instant and on-demand are really two different things.  Here’s a quick explanation.

On a chilly winter morning, you stumble into the bathroom to take a shower.  You turn on the hot water faucet, and you wait for the water to become hot – and you wait, and wait, and still, the water is cold enough to make chill bumps on top of your chill bumps.  Perhaps you think it’s just the plumbing if you live in an older home, but this really isn’t the correct explanation.  Whether a home is old, new, or equipped with a conventional hot water-heater tank or tankless water heater, the above scenario can still happen.

Do instant hot water heaters really provide the water ‘instantly?’  Absolutely, but we all have a different definition of what ‘instant’ is, and having the ability to access hot water on demand is not exactly the same as instant hot water.

What ‘on demand’ hot water really means

Think about how a conventional storage tank works; it’s ‘on’ 24/7, keeping the water inside the tank hot.  When you use all of the heated water in the tank, it is still ‘on’ as it heats up the water that refills the tank.  Regardless of whether you want or ‘demand’ hot water, the tank is always on.  With a tankless water heater, the heating process only begins when you ‘demand’ hot water, or in other words turn the faucet on.  Essentially, you never run out of hot water and enjoy greater efficiency because water is not heated until you need it.

What do you expect when you think ‘instant?’

If you think that the first drop of water that hits the sink once you have turned the faucet on will be hot, you may not think of the process as instant.  The fact is, there is no conventional or tankless water heater on the face of the earth that can produce hot water in a nano-second.  The process of ‘instant’ hot water begins the moment you turn the faucet handle, and a few factors will determine just how fast ‘instant’ really is in your case.  These factors include the proximity of the water heater to the faucet or fixture.  Naturally, the closer the source to the faucet, the faster you will have hot water.

You can make the wait time even shorter by having a recirculation system installed.  These systems are widely available and may be used in retrofit applications or in new home construction.

If you are considering the installation of a tankless water heater in your Ann Arbor or Ypsilanti home or simply have questions, contact Haley Mechanical today.  Our goal is to help residents of southeast Michigan enjoy a more comfortable, convenient home!

Ideal Temperatures for Storage When Organizing Your Home

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Maybe your New Year’s resolution is to get your home organized and clear the clutter.  You may not realize it, but storing away cherished family photos, heirlooms, and other important items in the garage or attic may not be the best idea.  Many of us are guilty of just cramming things in a closet or anywhere that’s convenient at the moment, thinking we will organize it later.  When storing and organizing your home, the temperature should be taken into consideration to protect from possible damage.

Of course, totes and boxes make it easier to organize your home, but this isn’t enough.  Here are some tips that will help you keep your New Year’s resolution.

Holiday decorations.  Many homeowners have decorations for every season.  You want to be able to use it each year, so protecting it is vital.  Bubble wrap is good to protect from breakage, and placing your decor in a plastic tote protects from rodents, bugs, moisture, etc.  A damp basement isn’t the best place for storage, so make sure you put away your bins in an area that isn’t susceptible to significant temperature or humidity fluctuations.  Label your totes so you can easily find what you need next time.

Photos and artwork.  Whether old family photos, valuable paintings, or those cherished pieces of artwork your children have created over the years, storing these items at the proper temperature is critical to preserving them and protecting from damage.  Clear plastic totes protect from moisture and dust, and temperatures ranging between 70 and 75 degrees are ideal.  You will also want to keep humidity levels at about 50%, as too much moisture can cause your photos to stick together.  If you have several paintings, use racks to separate them when stacking to protect from potential damage.

Clothing.  Storing your clothing in a dark area away from sunlight is essential to keeping your clothes looking new year after year.  Before putting away in a cabinet or on a closet shelf, wash the clothes you will be storing and make sure they’re thoroughly dry.  Avoid extremely hot or cold temperatures, and aim for about 50 to 55% humidity levels to protect from dampness.

No matter where you intend to store your clothing, artwork, holiday decor, or other items you’re putting away to get your home organized, a ductless mini-split system will help ensure the perfect temperature and humidity level.  Contact Haley Mechanical today to learn how these systems could transform your shed, basement, or garage into the ideal storage space.

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How Often Should Boilers Be Serviced?

How often should boilers be serviced? This is a question many Southeast Michigan homeowners don’t know the answer to. While your boiler should be maintained regularly, does that mean each year, each month, or what exactly? Our boiler and heating professionals have the answers you are looking for.

How Often Should Your Boiler Be Serviced?

Your boiler should be serviced each year, which is sufficient to limit wear and ensure it functions properly. Additionally, having your boiler serviced annually will keep the warranty valid in most cases. Your home insurance may not cover any issues in some cases if you fail to have your boiler serviced every year.

Moving to a New Home?

When you move to a new home, you may not be sure when the previous owner had the boiler serviced. To protect against any potential problems, have the boiler serviced so that you know for a fact it is done and can schedule annual servicing from that point forward.

Is Your Boiler Running Inefficiently?

A boiler that seems inefficient could indicate serious, more costly problems. While this isn’t always the case, at the very least, the lack of efficiency is resulting in higher operating costs. If it’s been longer than a year or your boiler isn’t functioning as it usually does, have it serviced.

Summer and Fall are the Ideal Times to Schedule Service

The cold winter months are when you use your boiler heavily, so the best time to have annual service is during the “off” season when technicians typically have a lighter workload. Boiler repair & maintenance technicians will be able to get to you sooner rather than later, and you will be set for the winter season knowing your home will be warm and toasty. July or August is a good time to schedule a boiler service.

Don’t Put Service Off Until You Experience a Problem

Homeowners often put boiler service off when things seem to be humming along; after all, if it isn’t broke, why fix it? You may think you’re wasting money by having your boiler serviced when it’s operating efficiently, but waiting until it isn’t working as well will likely cost more than just having it maintained each year. Don’t put it off – have your boiler serviced each year.

Schedule Your Yearly Boiler Service Now

Perhaps you aren’t sure when your boiler was last serviced, or you didn’t have it done over the summer months. Now that you know how often boilers should be serviced, make an appointment now, before temperatures get colder in Ann Arbor and surrounding cities in SE Michigan. Call Haley Mechanical today for friendly, fast, reliable service.

The Benefits of Owning a Geothermal System in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Geothermal Repair in Ann Arbor, Michigan

WaterFurnace geothermal systems are the “hottest thing going” today when it comes to cooling and heating your home, particularly for those who are environmentally conscious and want to enjoy a comfortable home year-round while conserving energy, and saving money.  If you aren’t familiar with the benefits of geothermal systems, Haley Mechanical wants to enlighten you about a few of the benefits.

Increased comfort.  Many homeowners in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and surrounding areas experience cold spots in winter months and hot spots in their homes in summer months.  With a WaterFurnace geothermal system, comfortable air is evenly distributed throughout your home, eliminating hot or cold spots.  In winter months, you enjoy warm comfort without hot blasts you may experience with a traditional gas furnace.  In summer months, geothermal systems deliver air that is not only cool and refreshing but dehumidified as well.

Lower energy costs.  Geothermal systems work by combining energy that is stored below the ground with safe electric power, ultimately delivering five units of energy to cool and heat your home for every one unit of electrical energy.  This combination helps Michigan homeowners save an astounding amount of money – up to 70% on costs for hot water, cooling, and heating.

Dependable.  Traditional air conditioners and heat pumps have components installed outside, subjecting these components to rain, ice, extreme temperatures, and other elements that create wear and tear over time.  Geothermal units are installed inside, so they are protected from these elements and require less maintenance.

Quiet.  If you would enjoy quiet operation without the buzz and roar typically experienced with traditional air conditioners, you will love the WaterFurnace geothermal system as it is designed to run quietly.

Eco-friendly.  We have already mentioned geothermal systems are environmentally friendly, but even more, they emit no greenhouse gasses, carbon monoxide or dioxide, or other chemicals or poisons that contribute to air pollution.  When it comes to heating and cooling your home, a geothermal system is highly recommended by the EPA and Department of Energy.  There is no “greener” way to enjoy home comfort and reduced energy costs!

Ready to learn more about the WaterFurnace geothermal system?  Contact Haley Mechanical today.

How to Prevent Frozen Pipes in Your Ann Arbor Area Home

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Preventing Frozen Pipes in Your Southeast Michigan Home This Winter

Have you ever placed a can of soda in the freezer for a quick chill, then forgotten about it? If you have, you know what happens – it explodes. The same is true of water; when it freezes, it expands. When the unfortunate happens and water freezes in your pipes, they can burst, resulting in not only a mess, but serious damage.

The Real Reason Pipes Burst

While you may think water freezing and turning into ice causes a pipe to burst, this is not really the case. What actually happens is that when a pipe becomes completely blocked by ice in one spot, water continues to try to flow, which means continued freezing and even more expansion. Ultimately, water pressure is increased downstream, or in the area between the blockage and a closed faucet, which results in excessive water pressure. The area where the pipe actually bursts is not where you would assume, where the ice blockage is located, but rather in area with little or no ice. Typically there is not pressure build-up upstream of the ice blockage, because water can retreat back toward its source. This means that a break in a pipe usually isn’t caused by a build-up of water pressure, but by ice blockages. To prevent a burst pipe caused by water freezing and forming ice blockages, it’s recommended you protect pipes by insulating the pipes themselves, placing them within an insulated area of a building, or heating the pipes.

Regional Differences

Homeowners in the southern region are actually more susceptible to frozen pipes and a resulting burst, simply because pipes are often located in areas which are unprotected because of the warm climate. Pipes may be located outside of the building insulation, and because winters are typically not as cold as in northern regions, homeowners are less concerned or even unaware of freezing problems. Most who live in the south experience freezing problems only a time or two during winter months, if at all. Those who live in northern states are more aware of the potential of freezing temperatures causing problems. Most homes are built so that water pipes are located inside of the building insulation. This provides protection for the pipes when temperatures plummet. However, it’s important to keep in mind that when the weather is particularly frigid, pipes may still freeze and burst if holes exist in the structure which permit a stream of cold air to come into contact with water pipes. Pipes located in certain areas are more susceptible to freezing, including those located in crawl spaces, outside walls, and attics. This is particularly true when cracks or holes exist which allow cold outdoor air to flow across the pipes. According to the results of research conducted by the University of Illinois, wind chill is a big factor when it comes to pipes freezing and bursting. Just as cold wind causes a loss of body heat in humans, wind chill accelerates the freezing of water and thus ice blockages form. Additionally, the material pipes are constructed of and their size also plays a role in how quickly ice blockages will form. Most water pipes are composed of PVC or copper, however with sufficient insulation the risk of an ice blockage is relatively low. It’s also important to keep in mind that cold air may access pipes through holes in outside walls where telephone, cable or satellite lines or television lines come into the house.

When do Temperatures Pose a Threat of Freezing Pipes?

When should you be worried that your water pipes may freeze? Generally speaking, pipes which are not insulated or protected in some fashion can withstand temperatures to about 20 degrees F. This has been determined based upon research which found that in the south where water pipes are often not insulated or exposed to cold air, the onset of freezing occurred when temperatures outdoors dropped to 20 degrees F or below. A survey of more than 70 plumbers located in the south revealed that for the most part, homeowners began having problems with pipes bursting when temperatures plummeted into the teens. However, it’s important to note that pipes can freeze when temperatures are higher than 20 degrees F, depending on other factors such as how strong the winds are and whether pipes are directly exposed to cold temperatures.

Reducing the Risk of Ice Blockages in Water Pipes

How can you minimize the risk of water freezing in your pipes, resulting in a pipe burst? First, it’s important to understand that there is heat in water, which causes the water to freeze when that heat is transferred to air temperatures which are below freezing. While it sounds simple, the best way to avoid the problem is to make certain water pipes are not exposed to below-freezing temperatures.

Avoiding ice blockages in newer homes is easily accomplished, as proper placement of pipes (inside insulated areas, for example) can be implemented into the design. It’s best when possible not to run water pipes through crawl spaces, attics, outside walls, or other areas that make the pipes more susceptible to freezing. When possible, insulate pipes or have them run through conditioned spaces.

In older or existing homes, the solution may not be so easy. There may be situations where your plumber can re-route those pipes which are most at risk of ice blockages. When this is not practical, water pipes should be properly wrapped or fitted with insulation sleeves, ensuring there are no gaps which may expose any section of the pipe to sub-freezing temperatures. You can find the right type of insulation in most home supply, hardware, or plumbing stores.

Check your home for any holes or cracks which may be present in foundations or outside walls where water pipes run. When you find any cracks, gaps, or areas where cold air may come in contact with pipes, seal them with caulk. When temperatures drop to the point you worry about freezing pipes, leave cabinet doors underneath sinks in the bath and kitchen open so warm air can reach the pipes. There are also electric heating tapes and cables which can be run along pipes to prevent freezing, however these must be used with extreme caution as there is a risk of fire if manufacturer’s instructions are not followed carefully.

Letting a faucet drip can also prevent a busted pipe, as an open faucet provides relief from the built-up pressure that builds when an ice blockage forms. A very slight drip will prevent build up of pressure in those pipes most vulnerable to freezing.

Suspect a water pipe has frozen?

Call a plumber immediately if you turn on a faucet and not water runs. Never attempt to thaw a frozen pipe yourself with an open flame, as this could potentially start a fire or cause damage to the pipe. Turn the water off at the main shut-off valve should a pipe burst, and allow faucets to remain open until you or the plumber completes any necessary repairs. A hair dryer may be effective in thawing out the pipe; be sure to begin close to the faucet end, working your way toward the coldest section of pipe.

Going on vacation?

If you plan to be away from home for a lengthy period of time during the coldest winter months, consider the temperature you set your heating on. While you don’t want your furnace to run the entire time you are away, keeping it set a little higher could prevent your pipes from freezing and bursting. Also, consider draining the water system, so that there is no water in the pipes to freeze. This can be accomplished by shutting off the main water valve, then opening every faucet or water fixture until the water ceases to run (both hot and cold lines).

Cleaning the Toilet Tank? Yes – 9 Tips to Make the Job Easier

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As a homeowner, the thought of cleaning your toilet tank has probably never crossed your mind. Sure, you clean the bowl – but the tank? The fact is, southeast Michigan homeowners should clean the tank twice each year to rid the tank of germs and dirt. For most people, the only time they see the inside of the tank is when there is a problem. Make it a point to sanitize your toilet tank – here’s how.

Gain access by turning the water to the toilet off

Of course, you cannot thoroughly clean the tank if it is filled with water, so turn off the toilet’s water supply using the valve located below the tank. Flush to drain the water out of the tank.

Make cleaning as easy as possible

The easiest way to thoroughly clean the toilet tank is to spray it down with a disinfectant cleaning spray such as Lysol or 409. Using a disinfectant spray will loosen much of the build-up, and kill most of the bacteria and germs. Let the solution work for about 15 minutes before you start cleaning.

Use a toilet brush for cleaning

You may be tempted to use a sponge or cloth, but a toilet brush is the best way to thoroughly clean inside the tank. The long handle gives you easy reach, and bristles give more scrubbing power than a cloth. Also, the shape and size of a toilet brush makes it ideal for cleaning around flushing components and getting into the corners.

Cleaning tough mineral deposits

You may think mineral deposits present more of a challenge, and they can – but cleaning them away isn’t hard. Drain the tank as described above, then use vinegar to fill the tank to just above the overflow tube, just below the top of the tank. If you don’t have any vinegar on hand, you can also use regular cola to remove mineral deposits. Whichever you choose, let it sit overnight before flushing. If any mineral deposits remain, scrub away with the toilet brush.

Pumice stone

If your toilet tank is manufactured of vitreous china, you can scrub away mineral deposits using a pumice stone. Do not use on toilets made of other materials.

Removing mildew or rust

Toilet tanks that accumulate mildew can be problematic. Removed the mildew as much as possible when cleaning, then place a bleach tablet in the tank. It may be necessary to install a water purification system if mildew continues to reappear.

For rust stains, the best solution is to use a rust remover designed for use in toilets or laundry. These products can usually be purchased from a hardware store or your local supermarket in the laundry detergent section.

Keeping your clean toilet tank clean

Once you have it sparkling clean, how do you keep your toilet tank as clean as possible until time for the next cleaning? Use bleach tablets that are designed to be placed inside the tank. This will help keep it clean and kill germs.

Part replacement

While your tank is empty and clean is the best time to inspect the components for wear and tear. Any parts that look excessively worn should be replaced, and parts in the flushing apparatus oiled to make sure your toilet operates smoothly and efficiently.

Avoid automatic toilet bowl cleaners designed to be placed in the tank

There are various products designed to keep the toilet bowl clean between cleanings that are to be dropped into the tank. Do not use these products, as the harsh chemicals in the cleaners can cause the rubber flapper valve to rot – leaving you with a leak.

Have questions about cleaning your toilet tank? Give Haley Mechanical a call today. Proudly serving Dexter, Ann Arbor, Howell, Ypsilanti, Plymouth, Brighton, and other areas of southeast Michigan for more than 15 years.