Stop it from ‘Running’.


Did you know that toilet flushing accounts for 38 percent of household water use and a leaking toilet can be one of the greatest sources of water waste in the home? A slow-leaking toilet can on average waste up to 78,000 gallons of water per year. To check for a slow leak, lift the tank lid and add a dozen drops of food coloring. After an hour, if the coloring seeps into the bowl, you have a leak. The cause is probably in the tank ball or flapper valve or the valve opening it seats on. The rubber stopper at the base of the tank, over time, can become brittle, cracked, or dirty with sediment. This creates a leak that lowers the tanks’ water level, causing the fill valve to turn on and refill the tank. Clean both the valve seat and flapper or ball with an emery cloth or fine steel wool. If it is plastic, use a dish scouring pad instead. If it still leaks, replace them.

If you have a noisy “running” toilet, the cause could be the refill tube or flush handle. Usually adjusting the refill tube or lengthening the chain on the flush handle corrects the problem and stops the flow.

These are just a few steps that you can take to ensure the peak performance of you toilet. You will save water, money and lots of aggravation.

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