Toilet leaks in your home can be one of the biggest sources of water loss. Even the smallest leaks can cause your water bill to jump up unexpectedly. Unfortunately, these kind of leaks aren’t always so easy to detect, especially when they are silent. If you suspect a leak, there are tests you can perform. Once you’ve properly diagnosed the issue, you can stop a toilet leak with a few simple solutions.
How to detect a leak
- Remove the tank lid and flush the toilet. Then wait for the toilet to completely flush and the water line to reach a stable level.
- Put a few drops of easy-to-see food coloring in the tank, cover the lid and wait for about 30 minutes.
- Check your toilet bowl to see if any colored water escaped the tank. If the water has changed, you know you have a problem.
- Repeat this process throughout your home to ensure you don’t have multiple leaks.
Solving the problem
- To stop a toilet leak into the bowl or on to the floor, you need to examine all surfaces for cracks and holes. Defective parts can be replaced, but cracks in the porcelain can’t.
- Ensure your lift chains, flappers, overflow tubes, floating cups or floating balls are all working correctly.
- Hire a plumbing professional to deal with the problem if you don’t have the time.
- Get a new toilet. Some older toilets aren’t worth fixing because they use too much water even when they aren’t leaking. The EPA recommends that homeowners install efficient toilets that can save up to 60% on a a water bill per year. While your old toilet may use up to six gallons a flush, newer models will use as little as one and a half.
To save more money on your water bill you should look for other opportunities to install low-flow fixtures. For more expert advice about your bathroom plumbing or other issues related to your home comfort, please contact us at Team Bob’s today. We’ve been providing high-quality services to the Traverse City area since 1980.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Traverse City, Michigan and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about toilet leaks and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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