Lying in bed listening to the drip, drip, drip coming from the faucet is a sure indication that your money is going down the drain. But toilets don’t always give you that telltale sign. Instead, they often leak silently, leaving you unaware of the problem and unaware that you are wasting both money and water.
According to the EPA, a leaky toilet can waste around 200 gallons of water a day. That can lead to over 70,000 gallons of water a year if left unchecked. That’s a lot of water!
As a part of National Toilet Tank Repair Month, now is a good time to regularly check your plumbing fixtures and make sure they are in good working condition. Its also a good time to detect any problems you may be having with your toilet, and fix or update them to not only save you from wasting water due to leaks and cracks, but also to make your toilet as efficient as possible. It is one of the leading water users in your house, and every little bit helps.
Here are a few things you can do.
- Replace flappers and fix valves at least every couple of years to prevent your toilet from running on a continual basis.
- If you notice the water running long after a flush, adjust the chain or float ball.
- Install low flow toilets throughout your home. Low flow toilets require 1.3 gallons of water per flush compared with older models that use 3.5 gallons or more.
- To modernize even further, consider installing a dual flush toilet.
To locate a silent toilet leak:
Put several drops of dark food coloring into the toilet tank. After a few minutes, check the bowl. If there is dye in the bowl, you have a leak.
The problem usually lies in one of two areas. Either replace the flapper at the bottom of the tank, or adjust the fill valve to eliminate the leak altogether.
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