Putting an end to household leaks is a great way to conserve water!
To check for minor leaks in your toilet, first remove the tank lid. The water in the tank should always be at least an inch below the top of the toilet’s overflow tube. If it’s any higher, water is leaking down the tube.
Flapper valves are also a common cause of leaks. When a toilet flushes, the flapper valve lifts, allowing water to rush into the bowl. The flapper closes after the toilet flushes and the tank refills.
If the flapper doesn’t have a solid seal, water could leak into the toilet bowl. To test for a flapper valve leak, place a dye tablet or a few drops of food coloring in the tank. If you later see the dyed water in the toilet bowl, you know the flapper valve is leaking.
- For more on common household leaks and how you can test for them, click here.
- Check out Home Depot’s step-by-step guide to fixing a leaky toilet!
- Looking to make long-term upgrades to your bathroom? Look for WaterSense labeled products, like showerheads and toilets, which meet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s standards for water efficiency.