EPA says 20-40% of toilets leak.
A silent toilet leak can waste up to 30 gallons of water or more a day.
Toilets account for nearly 30 percent of an average home’s indoor water consumption. Older toilets that use 6 gallons per flush also happen to be a major source of wasted water in many homes.
EPA says by replacing old, inefficient toilets with WaterSense labeled models, the average family can reduce water used for toilets by 20 to 60 percent—that’s nearly 13,000 gallons of water savings for your home every year! They could also save more than $140 per year in water costs, and $2,900 over the lifetime of the toilets.
If you have a leaking toilet, it’s a good idea to learn some basic troubleshooting. A quiet leak can be a part of any of the common toilet leaks. Learn about EPA water saving facts.
How to check for toilet leaks.
- Add food color to the toilet tank and wait 30 minutes.
- Then check the toilet bowl to see if coloring appears. If so, your toilet leaks.
- Flush the toilet promptly to make sure tank is not stained.
3 common causes of a leaking toilet.
- If your toilet flush handle frequently sticks in the flush position, letting water run constantly, replace or adjust it.
- Toilet flappers last about five years—unless you’re using those white puck-like toilet bowl cleaning tablets. Then you may find that your flapper is leaking in two years or less!
- Touch the flapper. If the coloring from your flapper gets on your fingertips, your flapper is deteriorating and needs to be replaced.
- Learn how to replace your leaky toilet flapper.
Toilet fill valve problem.
This is a common toilet repair. A faulty fill valve, you’ll hear water running continuously, or the toilet may not even flush at all. Even if you don’t hear the water running, it’s important to know that sometimes, minor leaks in toilets go unnoticed.
Damaged wax seal on bottom of the toilet.
If you see small puddles of water by the toilet base or even black mold around the caulking area your wax ring is leaking. The toilet was seal is an important part of your toilet. Located on the bottom of a toilet, the seal is a wax gasket ring that rests on the floor. The purpose is to seal and stop water (and foul sewer gas odors) from leaking into your home, but it prevents widespread damage to your home and costly repairs. Usually the wax ring lasts for 20 years, but sometimes they leak or were not placed properly when the toilet was installed. To fix this issue, you’ll actually have to remove the toilet.
Toilet repair and installation services in greater Bolingbrook, Homer Glen, Joliet, New Lenox, Plainfield, IL area.
If you’d rather leave the plumbing services to the professionals, PDM is here. Whether you need your toilet seal, leaky toilet fixed or toilet replaced, our fast and reliable clean team can get the job done. Contact PDM Plumbing, Heating, Cooling Since 1885 today for an efficient plumbing appointment and, as always, the best in customer service.
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