Today’s efficient toilets use less water than ever before, but that efficiency has created hidden risk. The backs of older style toilet tanks commonly rested against the wall, but today’s smaller tanks typically leave a one to two inch gap between the tank and the wall. Without the support of the wall, any pressure against the tank—cleaning, kids playing, someone stumbling against it or even simply leaning back—produces significant strain on the bolts that connect the tank to the bowl. The resulting stress may not be noticeable, but over time it can crack the tank or deform the gaskets that keep water from leaking through the bolt holes. Even a hairline crack in the tank or tiny gap in the gasket can start a persistent leak and cause significant water damage. Secure-A-Tank is a simple do-it-yourself fix that takes just minutes to install and provides the solid support needed to prevent breakage or leaks.
Secure-A-Tank inventor John Vadnais is a fourth generation plumber and knows how serious the problem can be. “I’ve seen insurance claims for tens of thousands of dollars in water damage from a leaking toilet,” he says. “The problem with a leaking tank is that as the water level in that tank drops, a valve opens, and the tank keeps refilling. When that happens there’s no limit to the amount of water that can find its way under the floor, behind the wall, or even into the floors below. Secure-A-Tank is a disaster stopper!”
According to Vadnais, the plumbing for a toilet is typically installed to allow room for a full-size tank, so a plumber installing a modern toilet with a smaller tank has no choice but to leave the gap behind the tank. Knowing the risk that presents, many plumbers will place some kind of filler, a block of wood or stiff foam, between the tank and the wall to provide support. “I’ve even seen stacks of books jammed between the tank and the wall,” says Vadnais, “It works, but it isn’t very attractive. I knew there had to be a better way.”
Secure-A-Tank is that better way. The patent-pending device consists of four clear plastic parts small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. They fit together to make two sturdy-but-virtually invisible braces that hook over the lip of the tank and rest solidly against the wall to fill the gap and prevent any pressure against the tank from moving it and causing cracks or leaks.
The installation process is simple. After removing the lid of the toilet tank, place one of the extension pieces against the wall and mark where it touches the tank. Cut it to that length with a utility knife or small saw. Then snap the extension into one of the clip fittings and hook the assembled brace over the edge of the tank. Repeat the process with the two parts of the other brace, replace the tank lid and you’re done.
Affordable, easy-to-install Secure-A-Tank has been widely accepted by professionals and do-it-yourselfers alike. Plumbers use it to “finish the job” of installing a toilet and eliminate liability. Homeowners use it to retrofit existing installations and protect against the possibility of damage to their own homes or, in the case of condos or apartments, to other units in the building. Landlords use it to protect their property. And owners of assisted living facilities are using it to protect their assets and those of their residents.
Secure-A-Tank is completely made in the U.S.A. and costs $9.99 ($19.99 for a three-unit pack). It is available through Ace Hardware or online at SecureATank.com. Also, it may be ordered at 800-699-8232.This press release is presented without editing for your information. MOTHER EARTH NEWS does not recommend, approve or endorse the products and/or services offered. You should use your own judgment and evaluate products and services carefully before deciding to purchase.
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