If you are a resident of North West England or Cumbria in particular, you must have heard about cistern blocks. Over time, they have become a popular solution to keeping the toilet clean and fresh. They are simple to use; you drop them in the toilet cistern, wait a few minutes, and voila! Your toilet is now clean and fresh or so manufacturers claim.
But are cistern blocks effective at cleaning toilets? Do they cause any harm to the toilet's plumbing? In this article, we will discuss the issue in detail.
Cistern blocks, also known as toilet tank tablets or tank cleaners, are small tablets or blocks that you place in the cistern of your toilet to sanitize and clean the bowl. They dissolve over time, releasing cleaning agents into the water that flushes through the cistern, effectively reducing stains and leaving your toilet smelling fresh. Some cistern blocks also contain anti-limescale agents, which prevent the buildup of mineral deposits in the toilet bowl.
Cistern blocks offer several benefits that make them an attractive option for many homeowners, including:
Cistern blocks are incredibly easy to use. You do not have to scrub the toilet bowl manually, saving you time and effort while keeping your toilet clean.
A pack of cistern blocks can last for several months, making them an affordable cleaning solution in the long run.
###3. Effective Cleaning
Cistern blocks are effective at removing stubborn stains and leaving your toilet bowl sparkling clean.
###4. Fresh Scent
Cistern blocks release a fresh scent every time you flush, keeping your bathroom smelling pleasant.
While cistern blocks might be an attractive cleaning solution, they come with some drawbacks, including:
###1. Plumbing Issues
Cistern blocks can cause plumbing problems, especially if you use them excessively. Some of the ingredients used in the blocks can corrode the rubber flapper valve, causing leaks in the cistern. The block may also cause the flush mechanism to stick, leading to weak water pressure over time.
###2. Environmental Concerns
Some cistern blocks contain harsh chemicals that can harm the environment when flushed down the toilet. These chemicals can also harm pets and children if accidentally ingested.
###3. Limescale Buildup
While some cistern blocks contain anti-limescale agents, they may not be effective in preventing buildup in hard water areas. If your water is hard, you may be better off using other cleaning solutions or opting for a water softener.
If you are planning to use cistern blocks, it is essential to choose the right brand. Here are some of the best cistern block brands available in Cumbria and North West England:
Bloo is a popular brand known for its twin cistern blocks that offer a two-in-one cleaning solution. They have a fresh lavender scent that keeps your toilet smelling fresh.
Clean N Fresh cistern blocks provide a long-lasting cleaning solution while also preventing limescale buildup. They come in several fragrances, including lemon and ocean spray.
Click cistern blocks come in a range of fragrances, including apple, citrus, and pine. They contain a powerful cleaning agent that effectively removes stains from the toilet bowl.
To ensure that you get the most out of cistern blocks without damaging your plumbing, here are some important tips:
###1. Follow the Manufacturer's Instructions
Always read and follow the manufacturer's instructions when using cistern blocks. Overuse or incorrect use can damage plumbing fixtures and other bathroom components.
###2. Don't Mix Different Cistern Blocks
Never mix different brands or types of cistern blocks. Mixing different brands or types can lead to chemical reactions that may cause damage to your toilet.
###3. Keep Cistern Blocks Out of Reach of Children and Pets
Cistern blocks contain chemicals that can be harmful to pets and children if accidentally ingested. Always keep them out of reach of children and pets.
Cistern blocks can be an effective solution to keep your toilet clean and fresh, but they can also cause plumbing issues and harm the environment. If you do decide to use cistern blocks, make sure to choose a reputable brand and follow the manufacturer's instructions. At Drainage Cumbria, we offer plumbing services and can provide advice on the best cleaning solutions suitable for your plumbing system. Call us on 01228 734162 or visit our website at drainagecumbria.uk for more information.