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How to Tell If Your Toilet is Leaking

Did you know that a leaking toilet can waste 200 gallons of water per day? That’s a lot of water — and it can add up to a significant increase in your utility bills over time. Fortunately, while these plumbing leaks commonly go unnoticed, there are simple ways that you can check for them at home. Below are a few instructions to help you check your toilet for leaks.

How to Check Your Toilet for Leaks:

Step 1: Use Food Coloring

Remove the toilet tank lid and drop a few drops of food coloring (about ten drops) into the back of the tank.

Step 2: Sit Back & Wait

Put the lid back on — but don’t flush! Let the food coloring sit in the tank for about 10-15 minutes. Be patient, this is how you can tell if you have a toilet bowl leak.

Step 3: Check Your Toilet Bowl

After you have waited, take a look inside your toilet bowl (not the back of the tank). Is the water inside of your toilet bowl now dyed, too? If so, you have a leak. On the other hand, if your toilet bowl water is still clean, you’re in the clear and your toilet bowl is running efficiently.

Is your toilet leaking? Our professionals here at Pipe Wrench Plumbing, Heating & Cooling are here to help you with all of your plumbing repair needs. Learn more about the plumbing services that we offer on our website or give us a call directly to schedule your appointment today.

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