A Running Toilet Is a Leaking Toilet

A Running Toilet Is a Leaking Toilet

Did you know that a running toilet is the same as a leaking toilet? While it may not seem like a significant problem at first, this can lead to a big increase in your monthly water bill. To help save a substantial amount of water and money every month, it is important to have any leaks quickly repaired in your home.

Food Coloring Test

You can check your toilet for leaks by placing a few drops of food coloring in the tank. After 30 minutes, if the color appears in the bowl, you have a leak and will need to contact a plumber.

How to Stop a Leak

The toilet already accounts for nearly 30% of the total water usage in the average bathroom. This is why it is so important to deal with a leak as soon as possible. If your toilet is continually running, there may be a number of issues that are causing the toilet leak, including the following:

  • The flapper (or “flush valve seal”) is not set correctly - This will require a simple adjustment. To test the flapper, turn off the water supply at the shutoff valve. After 15 minutes, if the level in the tank drops, then the flapper chain is likely too tight, preventing the flapper from dropping all the way down.
  • The flapper is bad - This would require you to replace the flapper altogether, which can easily be done with the assistance of simple online tutorials or by calling and speaking with a helpful plumber.
  • The gasket is bad - The gasket between the water closet tank and the bowl may be bad and will need to be replaced.
  • The inlet valve is bad - Flush the toilet and as the water rises, lift the rod up that holds the float until you hear the water stop, which will indicate that the inlet valve is working properly.

Call a Pro

It is typically best to hire a plumber for any toilet-related issues. Oftentimes, things go wrong when you are completing plumbing projects and it is important to have a skilled  Roto-Rooter plumber complete the work to ensure that any resulting problems can be quickly dealt with.

While it may seem like a waste of money to hire a plumber upfront, it will likely save you more money in the long run by ensuring that the work is done quickly and correctly the first time. You will also notice a big difference in your monthly utility bills once the leak is repaired.

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