Utility Tips

Leaky Toilets

Did you know that a single leaking toilet can waste over 1 gallon of water a minute, resulting in 17,000 cubic feet of water per quarter? A loss of that much water can result in a resident paying over $500.00 per quarter for lost water. 

vectorstock_2245072Signs of a Leaky Toilet

  • Toilet water keeps running;
  • Toilet runs intermittently;
  • Toilet runs for a longer than usual amount of time;
  • You hear noises from the toilet when it’s not in use;
  • Your water bill is higher than normal

Generally, your toilet should only make noise when it’s in use after flushed. If you hear a noise at other times, it’s likely that a part is broken and needs to be replaced. The leaky toilet could be caused by one of the following:

  • Flapper or ball could be worn out;
  • Seat under the flapper could be damaged;
  • Damaged gasket under the flush valve;
  • Crack in the overflow tube;
  • Refill valve needs a new seat or washer

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How to Test for a Leaky Toilet

  1. Get something that will color the water like food coloring, coffee, or powdered drink mix.
  2. Add enough to the toilet tank to give the water a deep color.
  3. Don’t use the toilet for at least 30 minutes.
  4. If after 30 minutes you see dyed water in the toilet bowl, your toilet is leaking and likely needs to be replaced. 

If you have a leaky toilet and your toilet is older, consider replacing it with a more efficient toilet that uses less water, saving you money over time.