Tips from Our Plumbers--How To Save Money by Stopping a Leaky Toilet

Tips from Our Plumbers--How To Save Money by Stopping a Leaky Toilet

If you have a leaky toilet, gallons of water are being wasted each day, as much as 200 gallons of water in a single day. You could easily save more than enough money on your future water bills to pay for one of our plumbers to come and fix the leak.

Signs that Indicate a Leaky Toilet

If you suspect you have a leaky toilet, look for signs such as the following:

  • Water continually runs after you flush the toilet unless you jiggle the handle.
  • Water ripples in the toilet bowl.
  • The water turns on intermittently during the day and night even when no one has used the restroom.
  • Dye or food coloring that is put in the tank appears in the bowl an 20 minutes later.

Possible Problems that Cause a Toilet Leak

There are many conditions that could cause a leaky toilet including the following:

  • A corroded or bad flapper
  • Mineral buildup on the flapper, float, or valve
  • A chain that catches on something
  • Broken or worn tank parts
  • A water level that isn't set right

Leaks Elsewhere in Your House

A high water bill indicates there is a problem in your home. Even if you don't have a leaky toilet or a dripping faucet, there may still be a leak somewhere else. Undetected leaks can cause hundreds of dollars of damage or just a ridiculously high water bill. Before you call a plumber over a high water bill, you should check to see if you have a leak elsewhere by checking your water meter.

  1. Turn off all the taps in your house.
  2. On newer water meters look for a small dial. It may be in the shape of a gear or a triangle.
  3. On older meters look at the gallons-per-minute hand.
  4. These gauges will move when water is being used in your house. If all the water is turned off and there is still movement then you have a leak somewhere.

Determine the Appropriate Solution

Once you have isolated the leak you can then determine the best course of action to take. If you have plumbing experience you may want to attempt some of the repairs yourself. If the leak is in your toilet you may need to replace the flapper, adjust the float, change the chain, or remove mineral buildup. If the leak is hidden somewhere in the plumbing system of the building, call a plumbing company to run diagnostic tests, locate the leak, and fix it.

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