How To Check For a Toilet Leak

 Checking for a toilet leak is EASY as 1-2-3!


1.  Flush the toilet.

2.  While the reservoir is filling, add 2 or 3 drops of food coloring into the reservoir (in this case, blue coloring or tablets).


2.  Wait 20-30 minutes.  If the water in the bowl changes colors, the flapper valve needs to be replaced!


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Ventura Water’s Waterwise Tip: Save WATER and MONEY in the bath!


  • If you cut your shower time by two minutes and install a low flow showerhead, you’ll use only 2 1/2 gallons of water per minute.  This can save 15 gallons per shower!
  • Turn off your faucet while brushing your teeth can save you 6 gallons of water.  (A bathroom faucet uses 6 gallons per minute).  So wet your brush, turn off the water, brush, then turn on the water to rinse.
  • When shaving, partially fill the sink with water to clean the blade.  This saves 6-12 gallons of water per shave!
  • If you desire a bath.  Fill the tub half full.  A full bath tub uses 36 gallons of water.  This saves 18 gallons of water per bath!
  • Fix faucet leaks.  A steady dripping water leak can waste 15-20 gallons of water PER DAY! 


Do You Know Where Your Master Water Shut Off Valve Is?


An example of a home shut off valve for inside and outside of the home.

Whether  you live in a single family home, an apartment or a condo, it’s always a good idea for you and everyone living in the house or apartment with you, to know where the master water shut off valve is.  For those living in single family homes, you’ll also want to know where your outside valve is to shut off the water to your landscaped areas.  Then, if and when a pipe should burst, you’ll know how to stop the flow until you can get help for the problem.


Is Your Money Going Down the Drain?


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

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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