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Running Toilet? Here’s What Should Come Next

September 23rd, 2016 | Toilet & Fixture

Running Toilet? Tips From a Plumber

It Costs More Then You Think.

Running toilet? No, not running away from you. We mean running toilet as in the constant flow of water trying to fill the tank, It costs more than 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 a running toilet is your culprit. 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.

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 My Toilet?

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 the water used for toilets by 20-60%, 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 your professional plumbers in Orange County a call!

Our family-owned and operated business have been serving your running toilet and general plumbing problems since 1969 in the OC. Our customers have always come first. We serve in communities in California like Fullerton, San Clemente, Irvine, Anaheim, and Huntington Beach.

Moffett Plumbing & Air is a full-service, family owned & operated plumbing & HVAC company based out of Orange, CA. Follow our blog for valuable homeowner tips, and updates from your favorite team of plumbing professionals.