Fixing a Sweating Toilet

Step One

When a cold surface comes in contact with warmer moist air, moisture will condense on the colder surface. Such condensation will cause a toilet tank to sweat. Over time, this moisture can rot the floor. Insulation kits are available to prevent this. They require that the tank be flushed and dried.

Step Two

After drying the tank thoroughly with a towel and hair dryer, follow the manufacturer's instructions to cut pieces from an insulation kit. To easily cut pieces, make templates from stiff cardboard and use them to outline the insulation panels.

Step Three

Test-fit the insulation and then apply silicone caulk or the adhesive recommended by the manufacturer to the back of the panels. Insert the panels in the tank, applying pressure as you fit them. Let the adhesive cure completely. Turn the water on, and adjust the float valve if necessary.

Install an Antisweat Valve: Step One

An antisweat valve mixes a small amount of hot water with the cold water flowing into the tank, raising the tank temperature just enough to keep moisture from condensing on it. Some valves have a manual control to vary the mixture for different humidity levels.

Install an Antisweat Valve: Step Two

Shut off the water to the house. Following the manufacturer's instructions, cut the water lines to the bathroom. Cut pipe to fit your installation. Dry-fit the pipe before soldering the joints, making sure everything fits perfectly. Keeping all the parts at the correct angles, presolder any joints that will lie too close to the joists when installed and might pose a fire hazard if soldered in place.

Comments (1)
leroysblack wrote:

Are there any other ways then to use the Antisweat Valve?

1/9/2011 12:37:59 PM Report Abuse
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