Could your toilet be wasting 500 GALLONS of water a day?

toil $Sound crazy? It sure does, but did you know that one in five toilets actually has an extremely wasteful leak?  And these leaks can waste anywhere from 30 to (yes!) 500 GALLONS of water per day!

You may presume that you would hear the water or see the leak, but this isn’t the case.  It often goes undetected. It can also increase during nighttime hours when less water is being used and the pressure increases.  So while you sleep, your water bill could be drastically rising and you could be wasting crucially important water.

There is a very simple way to know for sure:

  • Just put a few drops of food coloring in the tank.  Wait about 15 to 20 minutes and if color shows up in the bowl, you have a leak, my friend.

I recommend doing this for all toilets in your home as late in the evening as possible.  The problem is often a poorly fitting flapper valve and the solution is simple… just replace it!

I’m still combating my suddenly excessive water bills that started a year ago, but we’ve checked for toilet leaks and they’re not the problem… (back to the battle with the water department!).

While the task doesn’t sound very glamorous, it’s certainly worth testing just to be sure!  That “one in five” may be in your very own home!

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6 thoughts on “Could your toilet be wasting 500 GALLONS of water a day?

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  2. I had a tenant that had a leaking toilet, never told me and her water bill went from $15.00 to $150.00 in one month.
    I also find that putting a water bottle or a brick if it fits, and your toilet still does it’s job, you also saving water and money.
    Turning off the water when brushing ones teeth or hands saves a bunch.
    .-= Gerry aka KOTO´s last blog ..Thai Immigration Office on Soi 5 in Jomtien =-.

  3. Thought my low flow toilet tank leaked. Can actually see the “wave” shimmer well after the toilet cycles. Did the dye trick some time ago, it moved fast in the mid day! Told one of the landlords guys months ago. Found out the old style fill tube is where the water is comming from. When you look its that tube with the little hose in it. The water level actually fills up to it but just enough to trickle. My maintinance guy looked and told me. But, and here’s the kicker, didn’t offer to come back and fix it. The landlord pays the water bill and found out our building is the cheapest the last cycle. Untill recently we were the highest. Go figure.

    The inner workings of my rental toilet are touchy. Tried to adjust the flush level but quit when “it” seemed to settle on two settings: flush stuff with solids and not. The principal of the thing is that the unit is supposed to save water. Have been looking into putting in a piece if PVC pipe to make the tube taller, figure a half an inch or so would do it

    To those who think a bottle or bag of water, a brick , what have you save water. Consider that too much tinkering with a design could have incomplete flushes as a result. Solids are the things you truely don’t want to hang around because you limited the units power. A retrofit to save water exists that flushes in selective modes. It replaces your flapper assembly and flush handle. When installed the two buttons are where the flush handle used to be. The big button handles solids while the little one handles liquids. The name of this escapes me but that is what it does. Know a household that has a sign over her toilet. “If it’s yellow let it mellow. If it’s brown flush it down.” seems an easier solution in some minds.

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