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Toilet Flappers, Chlorine, Water filtration

What do toilet flappers, chlorine and water filtration have to do with each other?

This is a chemical resistant flapper that I recently replaced in a toilet that was constantly running. It is warped and partially melted. Inside the toilet tank I found one of those chlorine tablets marketed as killing germs, sanitizing and preventing hard water stains in your toilet bowl. But what they do to your toilet tank flappers and other tank parts is never disclosed. The bleach tablets ruin the toilet tank parts as evidenced in the toilet flapper photo.

Chlorine bleach ruined toilet flapper

Chlorine bleach ruined toilet flapper

Unless you’re water is supplied by a well, you already get plenty of chlorine in you water from your municipal water supply. Have you ever considered what long term affect chlorine has on your body organs? It can’t be much better than the affect on this toilet flapper.

This plumber’s humble suggestion is to never put chlorine bleach tablets in your toilets. Did you know a whole house point of entry water filter can remove harmful chlorine from all of your water?

Why do they put chlorine in the water supply anyway? It is a disinfectant that kills harmful bacteria and that is a good thing. But the chlorine should be removed from the water before you drink it or bathe in it. Why? Because it’s an indiscriminate killer. It not only is a poison, but it kills the good bacteria in your body too. This is why so many people have turned to drinking purified bottled water.

But did you know that you also absorb chlorine through your body’s largest organ – your skin? When you absorb chlorine through your skin, it bypasses all you filtering organs such as the liver and kidneys and goes directly into your bloodstream. It does this through your lungs as well, when you breath it.

Did you know that installing a whole house water filter in your home is actually cheaper in the long run than bottled water, and more effective too, because it takes it out of your entire water supply.

Now isn’t protecting your family’s health more important than a silly toilet flapper that is easily replaceable?

Let’s do some calculations that show how cost effective a whole house filter is. The one we recommend is made by Vitasalus and we don’t get any kickbacks or rewards when you order from them. We just believe it’s the best. Here’s the breakdown on cost:

It filters 700,000 gallons of water. It costs $845 dollars and is guaranteed to last at least 7 years. In most cases we can install it for $750.00. So your total cost would be approximately $1,595.00. Yikes! That sounds like a lot doesn’t it? It does to me too!

But consider that the cost of 700,000 gallons of bottled water is approximately $357,000.00. What? Yes, that’s what I said! If you buy a case of Sam’s club brand bottled water, on sale, by the pallet, it works out to $0.51 per gallon. There’s 676 gallons in a pallet of Sam’s club water and it is on sale at the time of this post for $349.00 a case. You would need to buy over a thousand cases at $349.00 each to get 700,000 gallons of purified water. Name brand water can be twice that cost!

So, $1,595.00 is less than a drop in the bucket compared to $357,000.00.

I believe it’s a no brainer to install a whole house filter to save your family’s health and your toilet flappers too!

Have a great day, and remember, When you’re Plumb Smart, There’s No Such Thing as an Emergency!



  1. Thanks. Agree completely about the danger of chlorine. We have the whole house filter. The problem is how to reintroduce chlorine or some bacteria killer into the bowl so that it isn’t constantly moldy in the Southern summers. We have used the tabs, replacing the flappers periodically. We now want to get a new low-flow toilet yet the guts of the tank will be destroyed by chlorine. Trying to find something to hang in the bowl itself, but Saniflush, etc. now off the market. Suggestions?

  2. We are on well water and no chlorine in our water system. We don’t have a problem with algae, bacteria, mold, etc. in our toilet bowls or tanks. I haven’t heard of this problem before. Your toilet is not accidentally connected to a hot water line is it? That would promote bacterial growth. We are also on a septic tank, so I don’t want any anti-bacterial products going into my sewer system. Here’s a link to some homemade natural toilet tank/bowl cleaners.

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