The toilet bowl is one of the most used fixtures in your house. Over time, it can become cracked and discolored due to harsh cleaners or lack of care. If this happens, you may want to consider reglazing a toilet bowl instead of replacing it with a new one. This post will outline what you need to know about reglazing a toilet bowl before deciding if this is the right option for you.
What’s Inside Of A Toilet Bowl And How Does It Work
The toilet bowl is a round, shallow basin with an opening at the bottom. The water in the tank above fills up and drains through this hole to flush the waste down into your septic or sewer system. A flapper valve will open when you need to use it for one quick push of the handle on top of the toilet seat.
Water flows out from beneath the rim of your toilet bowl as well as inside over its surface. This helps keep any solid material from sticking to it while still allowing liquid and other stuff like air bubbles that form during flushing flow back into the area below where freshwater comes in again under pressure from upstream tanks (the home’s hot-water heater).
When you want to take a leak, the toilet seat should be down and you’ll want to aim for one of those two little “sprays” on either side.
You can find out how much water is inside by looking at the marks in front of your bowl or just asking Siri (or Alexa). Flushes are measured in gallons so it might take a while before everything’s all gone. This may sound gross but if there’s any color outside the bowl after flushing that means something went wrong with what you flushed–don’t flush again!
Your toilet will get dirtier over time because people don’t bother to wipe things off their hands when they go number-two and this gets smeared into every nook and cranny around and in the toilet.
What Do You Do If You Have A Cracked Toilet Bowl
So you have a cracked toilet bowl. You’re in luck because it’s one of the easiest things to fix! If you notice your water is leaking, then that means there’s already damage and now is not the time for this post–contact your plumber or landlord right away. But if everything seems okay, what do you need?
- Plumbers Putty (This comes pre-packaged at any hardware store)
- Tape Measure
- Rags/Paper Towels (for wiping up messes and cleaning surfaces)
- Dish Soap
Note: If anything feels too complicated don’t worry about it: contact VT Lakewood Tub Reglazing and Refinishing! They’ll know exactly how to deal with whatever issue you’re having.
Step One – Measure the size of the crack in order to determine what kind of toilet bowl paint will be needed. Determine which color is desired, then purchase a matching brand from a home improvement store such as Home Depot or Lowes. The cost can range from $20-$40 dollars depending on where one purchases their supplies from.
Step Two – Remove the toilet from its base, and bring it outside as there is a risk of fumes or paint spilling in close quarters. Cover any furniture with rags to avoid spillage on fabric surfaces. Place paper towels around the area where the toilet had been sitting before being removed, in order to catch anything that may drip off while you’re painting. If this would be difficult for anyone due to noise restrictions please contact VT Lakewood Tub Reglazing and Refinishing! They’ll know exactly how to deal with whatever issue you are facing.
Step Three – Clean out the bowl by running water inside and scrubbing all sides thoroughly using dish soap. Rinse it off until no dirt remains and dry everything again with a paper towel.
Step Four – fill the toilet with water and work in small sections, painting over any areas that are still cracked or have large chips. If you want to do a more even coating, use an old paintbrush instead of applying it by hand. Let dry for one hour before turning on the water again to check if there are areas where paint has been missed. Repeat until satisfied! You may need two coats depending on how serious your problem is.
Special Considerations: Be careful not to create too much excess wetness around the toilet bowl as this creates a mold that is very difficult to remove in time! Keep all surfaces clean at all times so that no moisture gathers up inside and leads to future problems like these.
- clean the toilet bowl with a mixture of water and bleach – wipe it down from top to bottom until all residue is removed.
- apply an appropriate sealant to avoid future cracks in your porcelain!
- use quality paint that won’t chip or fade prematurely as this will only create more problems for you! (here are some great examples)
Keep these tips in mind when painting over cracked ceramic tile, flooring, walls, or even windows.
Now That I Fixed My Toilet Bowl, Can I Have It Reglazed?
When you have a cracked toilet bowl, it’s important to fix the problem right away! It is possible to reglaze a toilet bowl and make it look great again but I recommend that you find a professional for this job.
The paint needs to be removed from your porcelain before applying new coats of paint or else there will just be more cracks in the future.
With cracked toilet bowls, it’s always advisable to use quality paint that won’t chip or fade prematurely.
You do not want to have your bathroom looking like this again in the future because of improper painting techniques!
This is a quick and dirty guide on reglazing a toilet bowl without all the specifics but please feel free to reach out if you need any additional advice after reading this!
VT Lakewood Tub Reglazing And Refinishing Will Be Able To Fix Your Cracked Porcelain So There Are No Problems Going Forward.
The process of reglazing is a comparatively cheap way to fix your cracked toilet bowl. This is because there will be no need for the expensive replacement of porcelain and tiles, which can sometimes cost up to $500 or more depending on what other factors are involved in the equation. All that needs to happen is for you to find a professional who can do this job, such as an experienced plumber.
It might sound like it’s going to involve some work but all they’ll have to do really is apply fresh paint over any cracks or chips so that none of them show through again. Once this has done it should take about one hour or less before everything looks perfect once again!
What Does VT Lakewood Tub Reglazing And Refinishing Say About Reglazing Or Repairing Your Toilet?
If you’ve never had a toilet reglazed or repaired, then you probably don’t know the difference. But your guests will notice it immediately.
The toilets in your home are an important part of your bathroom’s appearance and functionality. When they’re not working properly, they can put a damper on the whole house – literally!
VT Lakewood Tub Reglazing and Refinishing is here to help with all of your toilet repair needs. We’ll come out to assess any issues that may be going on with your toilet bowl or tank, whether it be cracks or stains, clogs or leaks, etc., we’ll fix them quickly and efficiently so that you can get back to enjoying life without worrying about what’s happening in the bathroom! Give us a call today at (848) 233-3008 for more information!
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