Did you know that if a toilet is leaking it can waste over a hundred gallons of water per day? Sometimes a leaking toilet isn’t even obviously noticeable.
Sometimes an audible leaking sound is heard from the bathroom and sometimes there is a random flush. But there are less noticeable moments where our toilet flush tanks are leaking and we may not even know how much water we are wasting and subsequently wasting money.
What are the Symptoms of a Leaking Toilet?
If you are suspecting that your toilet is leaking here are some of the very common symptoms as recorded.
- Constant leaking or trickling sound
- Toilet flushes randomly
- Dripping sound and tank automatically refilled frequently
- Higher bills than usage
The above are obvious signs that you have a toilet leak, however, in some parts hard water deteriorates the toilet flapper causing an inaudible trickle of water that goes unnoticed. But even these silent small leaks can waster over 200 gallons of water per day. The noisier the leak, the more the wastage of water and the higher your water bills will be. To make sure your toilet isn’t flushing away your money you can first be sure that it is a lea that you have at hand.
Ways to determine if your toilet is leaking
Thankfully toilets are quite simple to work out and a leak is the easiest thing to diagnose. All you need is some food dye and you will find out if it is a leak you are dealing with.
- Make sure that that your toilet has been flushed and the tank has refilled
- Remove the lid of the tank
- Put 3-6 drops of bright food dye concentrate into the tank.
- Wait for 15-20 minutes
- Check your toilet bowl to see if the colour has changed.
If the food dye has been transferred to the toilet bowl then it is clear that your tank is leaking. Flush it immediately so that you do not have to deal with food dye stains. Call a plumber to fix the leak as soon as possible to save a lot of water and a lot more money.