Cut Water Waste With Just A Few Drops Of Food Coloring


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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.

Cut Water Waste

Here’s how to do the test:

  • Take the top off the back of your toilet and put in a few drops to a tablespoon of your favorite food coloring color. Might as well use a nice color, right?
  • 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.

Now, how do you know if your toilet passed the “no leaky water” test?

  • If there isn’t any food coloring in the bowl, congrats – you don’t have a leaky flapper valve.
  • If you see color in the bowl, I’m sorry – your toilet has a leaky valve and you could be wasting hundreds of gallons of water a day.
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