Toilet Leaks: Don’t Flush Money down the Drain!

Did you know that most household plumbing leaks come from toilet tanks?

Toilet tank leaks are usually caused by worn parts or poor alignment of the flushing mechanism – and they could be costing you hundreds of dollars in water use every year.

Signs of a toilet tank leak

There are two common types of toilet leaks: the first is caused a worn out or defective flush valve or flapper at the bottom of the toilet tank. If the flapper or ball valve does not form a water-tight seal, water will leak into the toilet bowl – often without making a sound. To check for a flush valve leak,

  • Remove the tank lid and flush
  • Wait for the flapper/tank ball to drop and the toilet tank to refill
  • Once it has refilled, add several drops of dark food coloring to toilet tank
  • Wait at least 20 minutes; if the coloring appears in the toilet bowl, there is a leak.

The second most-common type of leak is caused by a poorly adjusted or broken fill valve. If the float is set too high or the shut-off valve doesn’t close, water will continue to enter the tank and flow into the overflow tube. You can see this type of leak simply by taking the tank top off and watching to see if the water enters the overflow tube once the tank is full.

If your toilet has one or both of these problems, you’re flushing money down the drain every day! Contact us today and Carroll’s master plumbers will take care of the problem quickly so you can stop paying for water you’re not using.

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