Did you know that with just a few drops of regular old food coloring, you can run a simple test that could save you up to 200 gallons of water a day?
Amazing, I know.
While many of us do our best to never have to take the back off the toilet, this easy, no-cost test takes just minutes and can really make a difference, especially if everyone did it. We aren’t talking about buying any expensive “green” devices or “it it’s yellow, let it mellow” here; it’s really quite simple.
Inside the back of your toilet is something called a “flapper”, which is the valve that keeps the water in the storage tank separate from the toilet bowl itself until it is needed for flushing. It’s that rubber thingy at the bottom of the tank that most likely round and black and attached to the post with a metal or plastic chain. When it is working properly, it holds the water in the tank without leaking. When it’s not, it lets water leak into the bowl and the tank continuously tries to refill itself, wasting a ton of water. Up to 200 gallons worth, each day! And as we all know, water costs money, so you are also wasting money, too.
Here’s how to do the test:
Now, how do you know if your toilet passed the “no leaky water” test?
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