During hot, humid days do you see
moisture condensing on your toilet tank and then dripping onto the floor?
This is known as a sweating toilet tank and is the result of a cold toilet
tank surface (due to cold tap water inside the tank) coming in contact with
warm, humid air. If the sweating toilet tank is not fixed, the formation of
mold and mildew could potentially occur around the toilet. Fortunately,
fixing a sweating toilet tank is an easy project for the DIY homeowner. The
basic project involves the installation of an insulating rubber or foam
material inside the toilet tank.
To fix a sweating toilet tank
first visit your local home improvement store and purchase a toilet
To install the toilet insulation
kit, first close the supply line valve to the toilet.
Then flush the toilet a couple of
times to drain the water from the tank. Clean up any residual water in the
tank with a bucket and sponge. Make sure the toilet tank is completely dry.
Once you have emptied the toilet
tank of water, use a measuring tape to the measure the inside dimensions of
To install the toilet tank insulation
material, you can simply use a utility knife to cut the material to size for the
inside toilet walls. Cut pieces for each wall of the toilet tank and then apply
an adhesive to the walls of the tank. Press fit the insulation material up
against the walls of the tank.
Let the adhesive dry per the
manufacturer’s recommendation, and the toilet is again ready for use. Simply
turn the toilet tank supply line valve to the on position and your sweating
toilet tank should be a thing of the past.
An Alternative Fix to a Sweating
If you do not want to go through
the process of installing insulation material in the toilet tank,
alternatively you could also use a dehumidifier to lower the moisture level in
the home. The only downside to this solution is that the dehumidifier would
need to be operated and maintained on a fairly regular basis during the hot,
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