Dirty tank

Old 11-22-03, 01:46 AM
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Dirty tank

Tonight, I opened the tank to see if I could figure out why my toilet wasn't filling all the way. When I did, I found myself looking into an enclosed swamp that any small snapping turtle would have loved to call home. Everything was coated with black goop and there was even weedlike things fluttering in the water. I did find the refill tube wasn't connected to the overflow tube and fixed that. Finally, my question. I want to clean the tank out and was wondering if you think I should just replace the innards and how difficult of a job is this? There are no leaks but we are on well water and I'd rather fix it now when I'm ready instead of when the toilet is ready. Any recommendations on what I should use to clean the tank out? Chemical wise that is. Thanks again for any help.
Old 11-22-03, 03:31 AM
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Turn the water off to the toilet tank, flush the toilet, put on rubber gloves and scrub the tank out with a brush and bleach-water mix (1/3-bleach, 2/3-water), and rinse the tank out into the bowl.
Replace the tank water valve with a Fluidmaster 400A float-cup type (about $8 bucks). Just follow the directions that come with it. Replace the flapper, too, if it's leaking.
Good luck!
Old 11-22-03, 04:32 AM
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Thanks OldGuy. Hopefully, this will be one of my simple projects this weekend. Well, at least I have 3 to do so, by the time I get to the third, I should be an expert.

Once again, thanks!

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