What’s the best way to check for toilet leaks?
Why is Your Toilet Leaking?
Toilet leaks can be wasteful and expensive. At least once a year, check your toilet for leaks by adding a small amount of red food coloring to the tank, and then check the toilet bowl in about 15 minutes.
If the toilet has not been flushed and the water in the toilet bowl is colored red (even slightly colored red or pink), then water is seeping through from the tank.
This is possible from two scenarios inside your tank:
- The float (ball float or slide float) is either stuck or possibly needs adjustment. If it’s not possible to stop the water entry into the toilet tank, then you probably need to replace either the float itself or the entire system with a complete toilet tank repair kit (available at most hardware or home improvement centers).
- The “Flapper” at the base of the tank is not sealing properly. This can be the result particle or possibly the end of the chain used to control it with the flush handle on the outside of the tank or even deterioration of the rubber “Flapper itself. Identify the issue and either clear the problem or replace the “Flapper”.
Make Certain That the Issue is Repaired
In the event you are not able to repair or install the replacement parts needed, definitely call a licensed plumber to correctly repair the issue. According to the US EPA, a leaking toilet running constantly can waste more than 200 Gallons of water in 24 hours.
A leak may seem minor to you, or even almost non-existent but if the water is red, then you have a problem is real and you are wasting one of our most precious resources in the world…water!
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