Did you know that statistically speaking 20 percent of all toilets leak? It is guaranteed that 20 percent of our residents don’t know they have a leaky toilet. Do you?
Toilets are one of the most common sources of leaks in the home, and usually they go unnoticed because the leaks often are silent and out of view. On average, just one leaky toilet wastes 200 gallons of water a day, costing upward of $19 a month.
Testing your toilets for leaks is easy, quick and cost-effective. Just put a drop of dye, vanilla extract or food coloring into your tank and come back in 15 to 20 minutes to see if the bowl water has changed color. If it has, you have a leak, but don’t worry.
The most common source of leaks is a flapper in need of replacing. This is something even the most challenged in home improvement can tackle and our new Water Efficiency website can help. Check out the “Do It Yourself” page for great tips and videos at www.home-water-works.org/indoor-use/do-it-yourself#tlt-leak.
While you are there, explore the whole site and use the new water usage calculator to test your water efficiency.
From Pipeline, February 2012
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