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How to Test for & Repair a Running Toilet

A running toilet costs more thank you think.

Is your toilet so noisy that it’s keeping you up at night? Have you noticed an increase in your water bill? It’s quite possible that you have a running toilet. A running toilet wastes on average 200 gallons of water per day. In a given month, that adds up to over 6,000 gallons of water, equating to about $70.00. If gone unnoticed or unfixed, a running toilet will cost you about $840.00 a year. Don’t let your hard- earned money go to waste – check your toilets periodically for leaks and repair them in a timely manner.

How to Test for a Leaking Toilet

There is a fairly simple way to test for a leaking toilet, all you need is food coloring or a dye tablet.

Here’s how:

  • Remove the toilet tank lid.
  • Place one dye tablet or 10 drops of food coloring into the tank.
  • Put the lid back on & do not flush the toilet.
  • After 10-15 minutes have passed, look in the toilet bowl. If there is color in the water, then you have a leak.How to Repair a Running Toilet

How to Repair a Running Toilet

Before attempting to repair your running toilet, be sure to familiarize yourself with the various parts. If at any point you don’t feel comfortable attempting a repair, call a licensed plumber instead.

How to repair a running toilet

Ultimately, there are three main possibilities as to why your toilet is leaking.

  • A broken flapper
  • The flapper chain is stuck between the flapper & flush valve
  • A broken fill valve

Repair or Replace?

All in all, this is a seemingly cheap fix, however, if you’re uncomfortable with attempting any repairs, you can give us a call. Our technicians will be more than happy to help solve your problems.

Sometimes, the best solution is to replace your inefficient toilet with a WaterSense toilet. A standard toilet will use 1.6 gallons of water per flush, while a WaterSense toilet will use only 1.28 gallons or less. Some older toilets can even use up to six gallons. Because toilets account for nearly 30 percent of your home water consumption, it’s important to use the most efficient appliances so that you can cut costs and save money.

Switching to a WaterSense toilet will reduce your water used for toilets by 20 to 60 percent, which accounts for nearly 13,000 gallons each year. That’s huge savings all around! If you’d like to learn more about energy-efficient and low-flow toilets, give us a call today!


Call Tom Moffett Plumbing at (714) 465-5667 or contact us online to schedule a toilet repair service in Orange County!


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