Priority Plumbing

Regular Maintenance Can Prevent Leaks in Toilets

Toilets are a major cause of wasted water. Toilet leaks that go unnoticed end up wasting thousands of gallons of water per year per toilet.

A simple test to determine whether your toilet is leaking is to use ordinary food coloring and apply it to your water tank. Wait about 15 to 20 minutes and then see if the water in your bowl shows any color. If it does, you have a leak.

Toilet tanks will develop a leak over time, and it’s usually the flapper that goes bad. The flapper is essentially the on-and-off valve for the water filling the tank. We recommend that the flapper be replaced frequently. Flappers generally start to curl as they deteriorate and don’t seal completely, which is why your toilet is leaking. It probably pays to inspect them at least once a year.

The other cause of leaks may be from a leaking ballcock which connects to your toilet’s float. It is the ball-like device that shuts off the ballcock and ends the flushing cycle. Check the water line in your toilet tank it should be below the overflow tube. If the water level is over the tube, the float will need to be adjusted so the water doesn’t fill as high in the tank. If there is still a leak, the ballcock along with the flapper should be replaced.

Contact us today to learn about Priority Plumbing’s bathroom plumbing maintenance solutions and how to increase the life span of your plumbing system. 647-427-8624