I love a good joke but a running toilet is no laughing matter. Water dripping, phantom flushing, and the continuous trickle of a leaky toilet could be wasting you up to 200 gallons of water or more every day!
It’s “Fix a Leak Week” and EPA WaterSense is reminding us to check household fixtures for leaks.
Here are a few quick tips to identify and catch those running toilets:
- To find out if you have a toilet leak, place a drop of food coloring in the toilet tank. If the color shows up in the bowl within 15 minutes without flushing, you have a leak! Make sure to flush immediately after this test to avoid staining the tank.
- If your toilet is leaking, the cause is often a faulty toilet flapper. Over time, this inexpensive rubber part decays, or minerals build up on it. It’s usually best to replace the whole rubber flapper—a relatively easy, inexpensive do-it-yourself project that pays for itself in no time.
- If you do need to replace the entire toilet, consider a WaterSense labeled model. If the average family replaces its older, inefficient toilets with new WaterSense labeled ones, they could save 13,000 gallons per year!
Once you’re done catching your toilet… use these tips to find and fix other common leaks found in your home.