While Americans use a great deal of water daily for drinking, watering flowers, and taking showers, slightly more than a quarter (27 percent) of the water we use goes down the drain. That may seem like a lot, but if your toilet tank has a leak that allows water to run for hours without being used, the total amount of wasted water could be even greater. Nobody wants to waste water of that quality, whether for environmental or financial reasons. How does one ensure that their toilet tank does not have a leak? You can conduct a simple test to determine whether you’ll need Burnsville and nearby area plumbing leak repair.
Carrying out the Leak Test
The first indication that something may be wrong with your toilet is the constant on-and-off cycling of water in the tank, even when you’re not using the toilet. But you can still perform this test to ensure that a leak is not driving up your water bill, even if you don’t hear any running water.
You will need a packet of toilet leak detection dye tablets to get started. They are readily available from your Burnsville plumber or a nearby hardware store, and are incredibly simple and quick to install.
Here’s how to use them to test for a leak in your toilet:
Take off the toilet tank cover. Remove the blue dye tablets from the package and drop them into the toilet tank. Immediately, you will notice that the water in your tank has turned blue. Replace the tank’s lid and give the tablets time to dissolve completely. Typically, this takes between 10 and 15 minutes. After that time, return and inspect the toilet’s bowl. If the water in the toilet tank has turned any shade of blue, the tank is leaking and wasting water.
Toilet tank leaks are typically caused by a faulty flush valve system or a faulty fill valve, both of which are best left to a licensed plumber. Although you probably won’t need to call an emergency plumber in Burnsville or the surrounding area to fix the problem, you’ll still want to have the leak repaired so you can stop wasting water and reduce your monthly water bill.
Every day a silent leak in your home goes undetected can waste up to 300 gallons of water, which is roughly three times what the average American uses in a single day. Not only is this extremely wasteful, but it can result in hundreds of dollars being flushed away annually for no reason. Calling Alto Sewer Service will cost significantly less than what you would spend on wasted water, and you will be helping the environment by conserving water.
If you’ve performed the toilet tank test and need Alto Sewer Service to assist with the repair, give us a call and we’ll stop the toilet tank from leaking as soon as possible.