Toilet Leaks

Toilets are the most common sources of leaks in the home, wasting up to 200 gallons per day.  Sometimes a leak is obvious – you can hear the water “running”, but more often than not, leaks are silent.

toilet-inside web picAll toilets should be tested for leaks on a regular basis.  Even toilets that are a few years old.  The reason?  Mineral deposits and worn toilet flappers.  Flappers are an inexpensive, easy-to-replace rubber part that can be found at most hardware stores.

To see if your toilet flapper is leaking:

  • Place a drop of food coloring in the toilet tank
  • Wait about 5 minutes WITHOUT flushing.
  • If any color shows up in the bowl without flushing, you have a leak.

Video below shows how to replace a worn toilet flapper. Be sure to get a flapper designed for your toilet make and model.

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