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By John Howard on 11/09/2015
Lying in bed listening to the drip, drip, drip of a leaking tap is a sure indication that your money is going down the drain. A dripping tap will waste 680 litres of water a month. But toilets don’t always give you that tell-tale sign. Instead, they often leak silently, leaving you ignorant of the problem and unaware that you are wasting both money and water.
According to Water Intelligence Plc, if left unchecked a leaking toilet will waste 344,470 litres in 30 days, over four million litres a year. That’s a lot of water!
Now might be a good time to start regularly checking your plumbing fixtures and make sure they are in good working condition. It’s also a good time to detect any problems you may be having with your toilet, and fix or update them to not only save you from wasting water due to leaks and cracks, but also to make your toilet as efficient as possible. It is one of the leading water users in your house, and every little bit helps.
Here are a few things you can do.
- Check and repair valves at least every couple of years to prevent your toilet from running on a continual basis.
- If you notice the water running long after a flush, adjust the chain or ball cock.
- Install low flow toilets throughout your home. Low flow toilets require just under six litres of water per flush compared with older models that use 16 litres or more.
- To modernize even further, consider installing a dual flush toilet.
To locate a silent toilet leak:
Put several drops of dark food colouring into the toilet tank. After a few minutes, check the bowl. If there is dye in the bowl, you have a leak.
The problem usually lies in one of two areas. Either replace the flapper at the bottom of the tank, or adjust the fill valve to eliminate the leak altogether.
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