You could spend hours cleaning your Chatsworth bathroom, but those rust stains in your toilet bowl might not go away. Every time you have guests over, your toilet bowl could be a source of embarrassment. Even worse, you have to look at your rust stains on a daily basis. Before you call a plumbing service and install a new toilet, you should try a few tips for removing those stubborn stains. 

Why Do You Have Rust Stains?

First, you should learn more about why rust stains appear in your toilet bowl. In theory, you shouldn’t have any rust stains in your toilet. The toilet was made to have constant exposure to water, so there’s no reason for it to rust.  With that said, rust stains are quite common. If you have a water supply that’s high in iron, you might notice rust stains. The iron particles oxidize and become reddish brown in color. Then, they sit at the bottom of your toilet and remain unsightly.  Another potential cause of rust in your toilet is old pipes. If you have an older home, your plumbing could have pipes that are deteriorating. The iron may be coming from your pipes and could cause rust to form in your toilet bowl. Unfortunately, this is a problem that’s more than just aesthetic. If your pipes are deteriorating, you need a plumber to assess the damage. Over time, your pipes could burst and result in a major leak. You probably won’t know which of the two issues is the cause of your rust stains. Therefore, you should consult with someone who offers plumbing services. They can explain the most likely causes of your rust stains and assess the situation. With their help, you can prevent a plumbing emergency and make sure the rust stains don’t continue to appear.

Cleaning Rust Stains

Most people don’t take pleasure from cleaning rust stains from the toilet. In fact, the job might make you a little uncomfortable. To ease your mind, remind yourself that the water in your toilet bowl is clean. It comes from the city or well water supply and contains no sewage. After you get the gumption to clean your toilet, you need to find an appropriate cleaning product. Bleach might seem like the logical option, but it’s one of the worst things you can do to clean rust stains. The bleach strips the area more and makes the rust even more noticeable.  Another seemingly obvious solution is to scrub the area with an abrasive scrubber. But once again, this is a mistake. Your efforts could scratch the porcelain of the toilet, and that could result in another cosmetic defect. Rather than do damage to your toilet bowl, try cleaning the rust in one of the following ways:

Homemade Spray Solution

You can use a homemade cleaning solution of one part vinegar and one part water to spray into your bowl. However, the spray won’t do you any good if you don’t empty the toilet first. Turn off the water supply and then flush the toilet to remove the water from the bowl. When the toilet is mostly empty, you can spray the solution onto the rust stains and scrub it with a toilet brush or non-abrasive scouring brush.

Homemade Paste Solution

For this method, you need baking soda and vinegar. Empty the toilet bowl using the method above. Then, mix together three parts baking soda and one part vinegar to form a paste. You may want to wear rubber gloves when you apply the paste to the stain. Afterward, use a non-abrasive brush to scrub out the stain. 

Cleaning Product Solution

If the methods above don’t work well, you can try using a less natural cleaner. Borax or Bar Keepers Friend are two options for cleaning your rust stains. Use them as directed and follow all safety recommendations. Once again, only use a non-abrasive brush to clean the rust.

Do You Need to Upgrade Your Plumbing?

While cleaning your toilet properly could remove the rust, it won’t keep rust from returning. If you have old plumbing, you might need to replace your pipes to keep the rust from coming back. In some cases, you may be able to get away with only replacing some of the pipes.  A plumber can inspect your plumbing and determine whether or not you need to replace your pipes. In some cases, they may recommend changing out your old iron pipes with copper or PEX. The materials are more durable and won’t leave rust stains in your toilet. There might be other signs that it’s time to change out your plumbing. If you notice rust in your water or leaks in your pipes, you should consider upgrading your plumbing. Low water pressure is another indication of trouble. Look for other explanations of your low water pressure, and notify a plumber if you can’t find any obvious causes. 

Other Solutions

If you have too much iron in your water supply line, a plumber might recommend using a water filtration system. The system removes unwanted particles from your water and also makes your water safer to drink. Similarly, you can use a water softener to remove minerals from your water. This prevents hard water, which limits issues like sediment in your water heater.  Whatever you do, don’t avoid dealing with the rust in your toilet. The longer you let it sit, the more likely you are to experience a plumbing emergency. Save yourself the hassle and deal with your problem before it’s too late. When it comes to your plumbing, early action is key. 

Do You Have a Plumbing Service You Can Trust?

If you find rust stains in your toilet bowl or have any other problems, who will you call? You can always count on us at Rooter Shark Plumbing to get the job done. No matter what problems plague your Chatsworth plumbing, we can help. Our years of experience have prepared us for anything. To learn more about our plumbing service, call us today.