Did you know that you should be testing your toilet for water leakage? Most toilet leaks are silent and slow. These tiny toilet leaks can reduce your toilet’s efficiency and waste a lot of water if left untreated.
We recommend testing your toilet for leaks twice a year. It is also important to note that time-released toilet bowl cleaners that sit in your tank can deteriorate the parts of your tanks that cause leaks.
How To Test Your Tank
You can use your water meter to test for leaks. This trick works for leaks throughout your home including taps and pipes.
- Turn off all taps and water producing appliances.
- Watch the triangle shaped dial on your meter
- If the dial keeps turning, even when all water sources have been turned off – you have a leak
After this quick check, you will need to isolate the source of your leak. The first place you should look is your toilet.
A great trick for checking whether or not your toilet is leaking is to add a little bit of food colouring to your toilet tank. Wait about 15-20 minutes for the dye to settle. If the water in your toilet bowl has changed colour you know that you have a leak!
If your toilet isn’t the source of the leak, you can begin testing taps and joints using simple tools like paper towel. During your testing phase, remember to keep all taps turned off. Dry each area (taps, pipe joints, etc.) and place a piece of paper towel around them. If the towel is wet when you return, you have found your leak.
Repair the Leak
If you are confident in your maintenance skills, you can go ahead and repair the leak – don’t forget to turn the water shut off valve to your toilet first!
If you are not sure how to fix the leak or you simply want to install a new toilet, just leave it to the professionals. Give Butler Plumbing a call and we will be happy to come out and make the necessary fixes.