Why is There Rust In My Toilet?

Are you embarrassed by the stains covering the toilets in your home?

These stains don’t always appear because you’re actively doing something wrong. Rust can exist in your toilet for a multitude of reasons.

Blame Your Pipes

Do you know how old the pipes in your home are? Do you know if they’re damaged or contain leaks?

These are questions you need to know the answers to. Because if your plumbing system is extremely old or has damage where water and oxygen both meet, rust can easily develop.

Once rust begins to take over your plumbing pipes, there is no reversing it. You will either have to replace that section of plumbing or the entire system if rust has affected the entirety of your plumbing. If not, the rust within the pipes can break off and travel into your toilet tank and bowl.

Blame Your Toilet

How old is the toilet that is currently filled with rust?

Older toilets can have older components and parts made from materials that aren’t rust-resistant like they are nowadays. Once these parts begin to rust they have an increased chance of breaking, as well as spreading this rust to the toilet.

Once the rusty water sits inside of the toilet for long enough, the walls of the toilet tank and bowl can begin to rust. This is why some toilets have that ring of rust in the toilet tank or bowl.

This is a clear sign that you should replace the toilet. Not only will you get rid of all of the rust while also improving the look of your bathroom, but you’ll also have a water-efficient model that will save you money on your water bills!

Blame Your Water

After having your plumbing inspected and your toilets replaced it’s still possible to have rust in your toilet!


The problem could be the water itself! (Talk about a plot twist…)

Some areas have a higher iron concentration in the water, which can turn the water into a shade of brown. This water will be the perfect environment for bacteria to begin growing. Iron-rich water filled with bacteria is how that nasty brown slime forms in the toilet.

If you want to remove iron (and other minerals) from your water, consider adding a water filtration system or a water softener to your home.

The last thing you want is a rusty-looking toilet that looks like someone didn’t flush…

If you’re looking to replace your old toilet, install a water softener, or have your plumbing lines repaired, don’t be afraid to give us a call!