A leaky toilet tank may not initially seem like a big deal. It runs a bit more often and uses a little more water. Over time, however, leaks have a tendency to grow larger, and before you know it, your toilet is wasting hundreds of gallons of water each month! So, how do you know if your toilet has a leak? Follow these instructions to find out -- and then keep reading to learn what you can do about a leak.
How to Detect a Toilet Leak
Start by flushing the toilet. Let it run and fill up, and then remove the back cover. Put four or five drops of food coloring into the water in the back tank. Then, close the lid and make sure everyone in your family knows not to use the toilet for a while. Wait about four hours, and then lift the lid on the toilet bowl. Is the water in the bowl colored? If so, this means that your toilet is leaking. You may want to repeat the test a second time to verify your results if you have any suspicion that someone flushed the toilet during this time. If the water in the bowl is still clear after time has passed, then you do not have a leak.
What To Do About a Leak
Usually, leaks can be traced back to a loose or bent flapper. The flapper is a plastic piece that fits over the pipe that connects the toilet tank to the bowl. Remove the lid from the toilet and unhook the current flapper from the chain and the pipe. Rinse it off, put it in a bag, and take it with you to the hardware store so you can purchase a new one of the same size. Most toilets take standard-size flappers, but there are a few exceptions.
When you have the new flapper in hand, attach it to the pipe and then to the chain. Flush the toilet a few times to verify that the flapper fits properly into position after flushing. Then, repeat the dye test as described above. If the water in your bowl still changes color after an hour or two, changing the flapper has not corrected the leak. You probably have a crack in the pipe that leads from the tank to the bowl. This is a much harder issue to correct and should be addressed by a professional plumber, such as those at Marcum Plumbing Services, Inc.. They may patch the pipe or recommend that you replace the toilet completely.Share
24 February 2017
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