Did you know that you are using roughly 3-5 gallons of water every time you flush your toilet? And the older your toilets are in your home, the more water you’re potentially wasting. In addition to the amount of water used per flush, your toilet could also be wasting hundreds of gallons of water each year due to leaks. This could account for skyrocketing water bills each month for your family.
Now, more than ever, we should all be doing our part to conserve water when possible. There are a few simple things you can do to help cut down on your home’s water use, and this includes things like taking shorter showers, turning the water off when brushing your teeth, only using the dishwasher or washing machine when you have a full load to get clean, and only watering your lawn and garden when absolutely necessary. In addition to these things, you should also be mindful of any potential plumbing leaks in your home which could be wasting an enormous amount of water in a year’s time – this includes, as mentioned above, leaking toilet issues.
Detectable and un-detectable toilet leaks
Detectable toilet leaks
If you can hear your toilet constantly “running,” meaning after you flush it sounds like the toilet is continuously trying to refill with water, this is a warning sign of a problem. This is definitely a detectable problem versus one that may not make itself as easily known.
Additionally, you may notice other obvious issues like puddles of water or damp areas on the floor around the base of your toilet. Or you may even hear the toilet seemingly flushing on its own. No – this isn’t a ghost flushing your toilet. Instead, it could be an indication that water is leaking from your tank and triggering the flushing mechanism to occur on its own.
Un-detectable toilet leaks
To determine if your toilet has an un-detectable or “silent” leaking problem with the tank or other components inside the toilet, you can perform a food dye test. To do the test, you should take the tank lid off and put 5-10 drops of food dye into the tank. Do not flush your toilet. Wait several minutes and examine the inside of your toilet bowl. If you’re able to see the dye in the water, this is a good indication that you have a leak.
Common causes of toilet leaks
Naturally, the older your toilet is, the more likely it is for it to experience leaking issues. It’s recommended for you to replace your home’s toilets if you’ve noticed constant clogging problems, cracks in the porcelain materials used in the tank’s construction, inefficient flushing, repair after repair is needed to keep it working, or if you’ve noticed a leaking issue.
Additionally, worn out toilet components (flapper, valves, bolts, etc.) could all trigger a leak to occur, or even if the pipes connecting the toilet to your sewer line have become misaligned for some reason. Regardless of what’s causing the leak to occur, you should contact a professional plumber as soon as possible so they can diagnose the root cause of the problem and get it repaired immediately so your family isn’t wasting any more water or money.
Additional plumbing leak protection
At American Water Resources, we offer homeowners a variety of plumbing leak detection protection programs, including our In-Home Plumbing Emergency Program, Water Line Protection Program, and we also offer in many areas the Flo by Moen Smart Water Shutoff leak detection device which offers convenience and control through a mobile app with real time, customizable notifications, water usage analysis, and goal-setting features. Prevent water damage with automatic shut-off if a catastrophic leak is detected. Plus, you can perform a remote shut-off with the smartphone app to quickly stop water flow and prevent serious water damage.
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