Along with all the fun in the sun and taking advantage of the extended evening daylight, summer also means sweat. Sure, sweating isn’t limited to December, January, and February, but when the temperatures climb, so too does the tendency to turn into a sweaty mess.
And just because it’s natural, that doesn’t make it any less embarrassing. When people see excessive sweat, they may wonder if there are any underlying issues that have the potential to resurface as more serious problems later on. Plus, it’s no fun being perpetually moist. We’re talking, of course, about toilet tanks. Here’s what to do if yours is sweating a lot.
Why do toilet tanks sweat?
Before getting into solutions, let’s talk about what causes condensation to form on the outside of toilet tanks in the first place. Here’s how Merle Henkenius explains it in an article for ThisOldHouse.com:
When the weather turns hot and humid, there’s a lot of moisture in the air. At the same time the water entering the toilet tank is comparatively cold — about 10-15C. When the warm, moist air hits the cool porcelain toilet surfaces, the air condenses, turns to water and soon drips onto the floor.
Although a toilet sweats only on warm, humid days, it can drop a surprisingly large amount of water in a very short time.
Several manufacturers make toilet-tank insulators they claim cure sweaty toilets, but most don’t work very well.
How to stop a toilet tank from sweating
According to Henkenius, there are two possible solutions to your toilet tank’s perspiration problem.
Keep your bathroom dry and cool
Before taking the time and energy to do a whole plumbing project, you can start by attempting to control the humidity and temperature in your bathroom by using a dehumidifier and air conditioner, Henkenius says. But not everyone has these appliances sitting around, and even if they do, running them all summer can get costly.
Install an anti-sweat valve
For a more permanent and sustainable fix, Henkenius suggests installing an anti-sweat valve in the water-supply line leading to the toilet. And what will that do? Per Henekenius:
An anti-sweat valve adds a little hot water to the toilet water line, which raises the water temperature in the toilet enough to warm up the tank and bowl. That’s all it takes to keep condensation from forming, even in the most sultry weather.
The installation can be a bit of a process, so if you opt to do it yourself, Henkenius walks you through each step here.