Did you know that with just a few drops of food coloring, you can run a test that could save you up to 200 gallons of water a day? Inside the back of a toilet is something called a “flapper”, which is the valve that keeps the water in the storage tank separate from the toilet itself – at least until it is needed for flushing. But a leaky or loose flapper valve can cause your toilet to leak up to 200 gallons of water each and every day! And in addition to the wasted water, you are potentially wasting hundreds of dollars a year as well, so it really is worth doing this simple test to try to find any leaks.
Take the top off the back of your toilet and put in a few drops to a tablespoon of your favorite food coloring color. Put the lid back on and go find something to do for 15-20 minutes. When you come back, lift up the toilet seat and see if there is any of the food coloring in the bowl. If there isn’t, fantastic – you don’t have a leaky flapper valve! But if you see color in the bowl, you could be wasting hundreds of gallons of water a day. Luckily, it’s pretty easy to replace the flapper valve – I have done it myself several times and it only costs a few bucks. If you need help figuring out how to replace it, check out some of these links:
Do your wallet and your water table a favor and check your house for leaky toilets!
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