Q: I have three toilets in my ranch house. One of the three toilet bowls always has rust stains, but the other two never do. I know how to remove the stains, but how can I prevent them?
— Ed Jordanich
South Bend, Ind.
A: Wadsworth plumber Cathy Geary said a part in the toilet tank may have rusted, perhaps the chain that lifts the flapper. Or a bit of rust could be lodged in one or more of the tiny holes around the rim through which water enters the bowl. Poke around in those holes with a piece of wire to unclog them, she suggested.
It’s also possible that the shutoff valve is bad or a piece of rust is stuck in it, Geary said. Replacing it may require hiring a plumber.
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