When you open the lid to your toilet tank, is the water nice and clear like the one in the picture above?  OR is it bright blue from one of those drop-in, tank-type, or whateveryawannacall’em automatic bowl cleaners? If the answer is bright blue, consider this: I highly discourage the use of them, and here are several reasons why:  Over time, many of the chemicals in those tablets such as bleach and chlorine will damage the flapper, the fill valve, and all of those other little plastic and rubber components that are essential to providing trouble-free flushes.  The deterioration of such components may also lead to flooding and extensive water damage.  Many manufacturers warranties will also be void by the use of these tablet-style cleaners.  Additionally, if the water closet  (toilet) were to overflow due to a clog or a sewer back-up, the blue dye will stain and destroy everything in it’s path;  tile, granite, hardwood, carpet, or grout.  Likewise, your dog may be smart enough not to drink water that smells like chemicals… but why take the chance?

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