Ah yes. Another generation learns to live with a problem that has plagued man since the invention of plumbing: The dreaded, water-wasting, continuous running toilet. Toilets are often the biggest culprit of high water usage. Sometimes they continue flowing water because the flapper sticks, the chain is caught on something inside the tank, or the toilet is worn out inside the tank. Since the water flows down the sewer, leaking toilets don’t necessarily leave any signs of a leak, until you get the bill. The average leaky toilet can waste about 200 gallons of water per day. That’s over 6,000 gallons a month for just one leaking toilet! Some toilets may produce a running water sound that is easy to hear. Some leaks are visible as a small trickle running from the rim to the water in the bowl. Toilet leaks are often silent and can be intermittent, allowing loss of water to go undetected for long periods of time. To detect silent leaks, remove the lid from the toilet tank, remove any colored or bleaching cleaning agents. Flush to clear the water in the bowl. Then add a few drops of food coloring, or a colored instant drink mix to the toilet tank. If there is a leak in the toilet, color will appear in the bowl within 60 minutes. Flush the remaining color from the tank as soon as the test is complete.
The Solution: A new toilet can save you a fortune on wasted, annoying water usage.