Did you know that roughly 30% of the water used throughout your home is used just to flush the toilet? That adds up on your monthly water bill. If your toilet is leaky or inefficient, and even if it’s a small leak, it could be costing you much, much more than that. So it’s important to check for leaks and get them fixed as soon as possible to avoid wasting both water and money. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, 10% of homes have a leak that wastes 90 gallons of water more per day.
An effective way to improve your toilet’s water efficiency is to swap out an older model for a newer, more efficient one. If your toilet was made before 1992, it could be consuming as much as 3.5 gallons per flush. Many water efficient toilets use 1.28 gallons per flush.
If you’re not ready to swap out your toilet, there are still simple ways to make it as efficient as possible by checking for common leaks in the flapper, water supply line, and the wax ring underneath it. Most of these inspections can be performed visually. If you see consistent staining, mold growing, or moisture, there is likely a leak. There are also audio clues: if you hear consistent trickling in the back of the tank, there is more than likely a leak in the flapper valve. Here’s how to check for toilet leaks.
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