Is the sound of running water driving you crazy? Is your toilet haunting you at night or creating a constant background noise in your home? If you find yourself jiggling handles or trying other experimental efforts to stop your toilet from running Conservation Conversations can help! The low cost strategy I used to detect a leak in my toilet can help you reduce water waste and improve the efficiency of your home.
Remove the lid to the water tank of your toilet. Add food coloring to the water tank of your toilet and watch for the food coloring to appear in the toilet bowl. If the food coloring appears in the toilet bowl your toilet is leaking. A toilet leak can cause the water in your toilet to run and/or create the annoying sound that is coming from your toilet. Beyond the annoying noise, a leaky toilet can waste 200 gallons of water per day. Save your sanity, water and reduce your utility costs when you take action to fix a leaky toilet.
I replaced the trap tank flapper; the device that rises when you flush the toilet to allow water in the tank into the bowl and closes once the tank is empty. This low cost fix solved the problem instantly; I spent less than $5 on a new flapper.
Here are the most common toilet leaks and how to fix them:
Most valves, seals, flappers, wax rings and other toilet repair items are low cost solutions and can be found at your local hardware store or large home improvement retailer. The water wasted by a leaky toilet can easily be prevented with simple improvements. Find more no cost and low cost energy efficiency and conservation tips from Conservation Conversations! Use our tips to reduce your electricity, gas and water use to save 10% on your energy bills.
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