How to Repair Toilet Cistern Smells

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Toilet cistern smells are mainly caused by stagnant water in the tank. Clear your toilet tank with the help of a professional contractor in this free video.

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Hello, my name is Joshua Clement of Lighty Contractors, and today we'll be discussing how to repair toilet cistern smells. The tools you're going to need for this job are good pair of waterproof gloves that can kind of getting wet with bleach, a scratch pads so you can scratch the back of the tank out; make sure you get all the smell out and spray bottle that contains bleach. Today we're dealing with cistern smells. The main cause for cistern smells is the stagnant water in the back of the tank. A lot of times you'll find this in country homes where they have hard water. The tank holds the water for the toilet and when it's not flushed very often, it can go stagnant or stale creating a bad smell in the toilet and when you flush it, it goes into the bowl which then fills the room. The first step is to go ahead and shut the water off to the toilet, usually located on one of the sides. All you're going to do is simply turn the valve to the off position; like that. The next step is you're going to remove the top of the tank off; gently put it to the side so it doesn't crack, like so. The next step is to go ahead and flush the toilet to get all of the water out of the back of the cistern. Once that's done, you're going to take your spray bottle filled with bleach and simply spray into the back of the tank to well saturate the entire area with bleach. Then, you're going to take your sponge and scratch off the sides of the tank. Make sure that you don't put your head directly over the back of the tank because the bleach smell to make you sick or give you sore throat. Now, that we've scratched out the entire back of the tank, we can go ahead and turn the water back on. Make sure you turn the water on very slowly; that way, you don't rapture anything on the back of the tank or the fill line. Then, you gently pick up the back of the toilet and put it back in place. And there you go, that's all there is to it. You might have to redo this step a couple of times to make sure that you get all the smell out. I'm Joshua for Lighty Contractors, and that's how you fix the bad smells from a toilet cistern.


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