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Sealand toilet water seal slowly drops through closed valve. Cause appears to hard water deposits at leading edge of valve at each side. V shaped about 1/2 inch along the edge of the valve. Visible when valve is about half way open.I am hesitant to scrap with metal fearing  ball damage and subsequent loss of seal.

Thoughts and suggestions welcome.

 

Thanks 

Bill

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When mine starts leaking down I spray a bunch of liquid Bar keepers Friend  in and let it soak.  Then clean with a toilet brush including twisting the brush down the opening.  Usually holds for awhile.  If the water is really hard may have to repeat more often.

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1 hour ago, Bill w/bus said:

I am hesitant to scrap with metal fearing  ball damage and subsequent loss of seal.

I wouldn't do that. I have always found that a good, stiff nylon toilet brush and RV toilet cleaner does the job. You can also use a silicone grease to lube and seal things. 

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  I use this in my Rv repair business.

 

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  I normally tell them about it or if I have some on the service vehicle, I give it to them

. Just fill the bowl with water, pour a tablespoon or less in and let site. I have let ours get really bad for a test. It took 12 applications, but never taken it apart in 7 years.

 

  If you scrape it do not call me to fix it.

 

   Vern 

 

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Just go buy a bottle of Lime-Away . 

Put a couple inches of water in the bowl and a good healthy shot of Lime-Away . Don't be afraid to apply too much . 

Let it sit . No scrubbing required .

Our toilet seal is original . It's been doing it's job for almost 19 years . 

I simply repeat as needed . 

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I pour in some vinegar & let it sit awhile, then continue to use it periodically as a preventative measure.

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1 hour ago, dewilso said:

I pour in some vinegar & let it sit awhile, then continue to use it periodically as a preventative measure.

X2-white generic brand.

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2 hours ago, dewilso said:

I pour in some vinegar

I should have mentioned that one, but forgot about it. Pam is the one who usually takes care of that part...........  She also said that you want to use white vinegar, whatever that is. 

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you can use the apple vinegar but it costs a little more and will only do an equal job so why woud you. I have use it on somethings sparingly in a pinch.

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On ‎2‎/‎8‎/‎2019 at 4:04 PM, dewilso said:

I pour in some vinegar & let it sit awhile, then continue to use it periodically as a preventative measure.

Same here. 

I just had this problem for the first time.  Poured some vinegar in the bowl and let it set for an hour or more then used a toilet brush to clean the opening as described by Randyretired.  In my case, I had to do it a couple of times, but the bowl is now holding water.

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llThanks to all. I was thinking of the hardness causing harm to the plastic valve. 

Using Lime Away. Appears to be slowly 'clearing' the problem.  Cost was $4.33 w/tax at the Dollar  General. 

Again thanks to all.

Bill

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So , Dollar General isn't such a good deal anymore . 

Try Dollar Tree  . They aren't as prolific as DG , but ...

Anyway , good your 'problem' is disappearing . ;)

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8 hours ago, 57becky said:

This thread sounds like an advertisement for RV water softeners 😁

Ha . You could buy about 50 years worth of Lime-Away for the cost of even a cheap water softener , not to mention what it takes to keep them functional . 

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We did invest in a water softener fon the investmenur years ago. If it extends the life of the hot water  heater by a few year then the investment would be worthy.  

Bill

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1 hour ago, Bill w/bus said:

We did invest in a water softener fon the investmenur years ago. If it extends the life of the hot water  heater by a few year then the investment would be worthy.  

Bill

Hmm ,  maybe if the tank were never drained and cleaned as it should be .

I replaced the original heating element a few years ago . The original gave about 15 years of service . The new element cost about 8 dollars . If the new element last even half as long as the original , it would take way more than 50 years to come close to breaking even on the softener cost . 

Of course , by then the tank interior might be so caked that it might be time for its replacement . But , I'll leave that task to some young RV restorer a lifetime or two down the road . ;)

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