Slow drips of water can add up quickly. A toilet that “keeps running” after you flush or a sink that drips after it is turned off can waste thousands of gallons of water a year. Fix leaks as soon as you find them!
A “Running” Toilet Leak
Toilet leaks can range from small to large, constant or random. Many are even silent. Even a small, silent leak can easily waste $50 per year in water and sewer costs. Large leaks can waste much more. Fortunately, most toilet leaks are relatively easy to fix. In a properly functioning toilet, no water should move from the tank to the bowl, unless the toilet is being flushed. A leaking toilet loses water from the tank to the bowl without being flushed.
Checking for a leaky toilet:
- Remove the tank lid
- Put 5-10 drops of food coloring in the toilet TANK.
- Put the tank lid back on but don’t flush it
- After 15 minutes, check the toilet BOWL. If you see colored water, you have a leak.
The most likely culprit is the flapper valve, the rubber thing in the bottom of the tank that keeps water in the tank.