Approximately 27% of domestic water usage comes from toilet flushing. A leaky toilet can have a major impact on your bill. However, a leaky toilet is harder to detect than a leaky faucet because it can be silent. You may not hear or notice it running.
Here is a simple at home test you can use to see if your toilet is leaking:
- Drip 10 to 15 drops of food coloring into the toilet tank. DO NOT FLUSH
- Wait 10 minutes
- If colored water appears in the toilet bowl, you have a leak.
A faulty flapper or plunger ball causes most toilet leaks. Remember to check them regularly and replace when necessary.
If you plan to leave your home empty for any length of time, consider shutting off your valve so that if a serious leak develops while you’re gone, it will not flood the premises and you won’t accrue a large water bill. Remember to also turn off the electricity to the water heater.
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