Why is the Toilet Sweating in the Winter?


If the ‘ideal’ environmental factors are set in motion, toilet tank sweating will occur. While toilet tank sweating is more common during the winter months, it can occur at any time of the year if the conditions are right.

If you notice a ring or pool of water around the base of your toilet, then it serves as a telltale sign that there is something wrong with your toilet or its plumbing. 

The good news about toilet sweating is that there are many different ways to tackle the problem without breaking the bank. There are also preventative measures that you can take to prevent toilet tank from sweating in the future.

Here, we will discuss why toilet sweating occurs in the winter and what you can do about the problem.

Causes of Toilet Tank Sweating

The water temperature of the water that enters your toilet tank will contribute to toilet sweating. The temperature of the air in your bathroom and the humidity of the air will also exacerbate the problem.

When the water inside the tank is colder than the temperature of the bathroom, then the toilet tank will become chilled. The result is that toilet tank sweating will occur.

How to identify sweating?

Water droplets will begin to accumulate on the outside of the toilet tank. The furnishings in the area may also appear to be damaged. You may also notice extensive damage to the baseboards and flooring in the vicinity.

The sweating will begin small, to the point where you may not even notice it at first. However, the issue will likely not go away on its own and will only get worse with time. 

What started as a few droplets will quickly grow into large puddles of water that can cause thousands of dollars worth of property damage. Constant sweating can cause serious health problems unless you treat the issue as soon as possible.

For example, perpetual sweating will lead to the formation of mildew and mould growth that can cause respiratory problems and may even increase your risk of cancer. As can be seen, toilet swearing is not a minor issue and should be taken very seriously.

Solutions for Toilet Tank Sweating

Toilet tank covers can be used to insulate the tank, although the benefits are somewhat limited. Instead, we would recommend that you use insulation kits, as they tend to provide superior protection.

They contain a foam fitting that will prevent water from touching the tank. Simply install your state-of-the-art insulation kit within your toilet tank, and the water will never come into contact with your toilet tank.

You can also opt for anti-sweat valves to eliminate your toilet sweating problem as quickly as possible. Anti-sweat valves are top-of-the-line plumbing devices designed to amalgamate hot and cold water.

The result is warm water is supplied to your toilet tank instead of just cold water. Remember that excess cold water leads to toilet tank sweating. 

There are also many different models to choose from. We suggest that you spend an extra ten dollars on an adjustable model. 

An adjustable unit will allow you to turn off the hot-water side when needed. You can also use it to regulate the temperature of the water if required.

You should also take the time to dry out the air in the room. You can use a dehumidifier or an air conditioner to get the job done in record time.

Now, fixing your sweating problem will take time, money, and effort. If you want to ensure that the job is performed correctly, you should get assistance from a plumber. However, ensure that the plumber is licensed and bonded. 

They should have extensive experience in treating toilet sweating. They should provide a warranty on parts and labour to have peace of mind.

As mentioned, toilet sweating can lead to extensive water damage and serious health problems, so the issue needs to be eliminated by a consummate professional.

Nip the Problem in the Bud

Different problems will require other solutions. Your toilet can also sweat at any time of the year if the environment is ideal for sweat formation. Tank forms may vary, so using an insulation kit may prove to be challenging depending on the type of toilet tank that you have. 

They may even interfere with the floating mechanism of your toilet. Adjustable anti-sweat valves may be the more effective and economical solution to the problem. They allow you to turn off the hot water to reduce the waste of heated water.

About Author

LaDonna Dennis

LaDonna Dennis is the founder and creator of Mom Blog Society. She wears many hats. She is a Homemaker*Blogger*Crafter*Reader*Pinner*Friend*Animal Lover* Former writer of Frost Illustrated and, Cancer...SURVIVOR! LaDonna is happily married to the love of her life, the mother of 3 grown children and "Grams" to 3 grandchildren. She adores animals and has four furbabies: Makia ( a German Shepherd, whose mission in life is to be her attached to her hip) and Hachie, (an OCD Alaskan Malamute, and Akia (An Alaskan Malamute) who is just sweet as can be. And Sassy, a four-month-old German Shepherd who has quickly stolen her heart and become the most precious fur baby of all times. Aside from the humans in her life, LaDonna's fur babies are her world.

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