It’s an inevitable issue that nearly every comes across at one point or another.
You’re about to use the bathroom, when you notice something disgusting. There’s a weird black ring inside of your toilet, and it’s looking pretty gross and gnarly. Generally, it’s an easy enough fix with some toilet cleaner and a brush. But all the same, it keeps coming back.
So what is it? Why does it keep showing up? Is there anything you can do to prevent it?
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Here’s a few reasons why it happens, and what you can do!
What Are the Causes?
Mold & Mildew
Mold and mildew are both a type of fungus that thrive in dark, damp areas, like the underside of the edge of your toilet bowl where the water flows. These are types of spores that can be potentially dangerous if inhaled. The rings can appear black in color, though they can also appear brown, orange or green as well. Mold should be removed immediately upon discovery to prevent it from spreading.
A type of bacteria that grows in damp and dark areas, like toilet bowls is serratia marcescens. It can leave a pink colored ring in your toilet, as well as your sinks and tubs if left unchecked. The bacteria are considered harmful to humans, and have been known to cause wound infections, urinary tract infections, and pneumonia. The bacteria also have antibiotic resistant properties that can make treatment of an infection difficult. Bacteria should be removed immediately upon discovery to prevent any potential harm.
Hard water contains tiny minerals that can collect in areas with a heavy flow. These minerals appear as black, gray, or brown lines and rings in your toilet bowl, creating water lines where the flow is strongest. If you have issues with hard water in your home, this is probably one of the culprits. While not an immediate health hazard, it’s best to remove mineral deposits sooner than later to prevent a larger buildup from occurring.