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Old 03-22-2013, 09:57 AM   #1
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Hello, I have a 1/2 bathroom (toilet and faucet) in the top floor that does not ever get used. I was wondering how often do I need to use it to keep it from leaking/breaking/etc. Thanks

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Old 03-22-2013, 10:00 AM   #2
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Why not drain the toilet tank and bowl, shove a rag in the toilet (to keep gasses from coming out after the trap water dries up), and shut off the all the valves?

Easy fix if you don't ever use the bathroom, and it would only take 10 minutes to undue if you needed to use it later.

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ok, never get used might be exaggerating. It get used in an emergency (someone taking the primary toilet) once 3 months. Don't want to keep turning the valve on and off every 3 months.
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I would flush the toilet and run the sink at least once a week to make sure all traps have water in them. If u do nothing for months, those traps dry out and u start to smell sewer gas. Just to make sure everything is working ok, etc.
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You want to keep the traps full. How often depends on how fast the water in them evaporates. How fast it evaporates has to do with vapor pressure. Flush the toilet, and run the water in the sink every two weeks. I would not depend on a rag to stop methane gas.
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Also long as once in a while you flush the toilet and run some water in the sink to refill the trap with water there's nothing you have to do to it.
No clue why he suggested draining the toilet, waste of time.
I suggested flushing it just so the water does not form a moldy mess.
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Also long as once in a while you flush the toilet and run some water in the sink to refill the trap with water there's nothing you have to do to it.
No clue why he suggested draining the toilet, waste of time.
I suggested flushing it just so the water does not form a moldy mess.
I suggested that because he said "does not ever get used". Why let a toilet mildew out and risk the possibility of leaking when it never gets used.

I have no clue on why you don't read his first post and actually try and think why I would post drain the toilet, before telling the OP I'm wasting his time.

But this is all here nor there as the OP has already taken back his claim that it never gets used and changes it to sometimes gets used, big difference in how one goes about the situation.
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Old 03-22-2013, 10:33 AM   #8
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Sorry for the exaggeration, I figured once every 3 months is probably too long. Just trying to figure it how often I have to do it. I am not a very handy person
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Once a month would be more then enough.
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I used to own a summer cottage that was not used between Labor day and Memorial day ( 9 months), the toilet and sink traps never dried out.
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we have a bath upstairs that never gets used since the kids are grown and married off.

well, i said never, but wife uses it occasionally if she needs to go, and i have been in the downstairs one a few minutes before (especially if i've had anything spicy to eat).
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So do you have a full bath and this half bath, that's it? If that's the case it must just be you and a gf/wife? We have a family of 5 and only one toilet, so if we had a second one it would be getting used multiple times a week.
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Well RJ Maybe the squatters that left before you got back used them.

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you could always just pour vegetable oil in the sink trap. Could not see toilet drying out. Might be easier to just get a few roommates.
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Toilets not going to dry out but depending on the quality of the water it may get funky.

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