How to Check for a Leaking Toilet


High water use?

The culprit could be a leaking toilet, waterline, or even a leaking faucet and shower heads. If you have a leaking toilet it could leak up to a gallon of water a minute! So, how do you know if your leaking / running toilet is the culprit of your high water bill or if you have a leak in your waterline?

When your water bill jumps hundreds of dollars it’s definitely an indicator that there is a problem with your plumbing somewhere. But how do you know if it’s the toilets in your home causing your high water use? According to Conserve H2o, a leaking toilet is typically the culprit of the spike in your water use and it’s usually easy to identify before calling a plumber.

The first thing you should do is check all the toilets in the house–and don’t forget the one that’s not used that often.

  • Listen for the sound of running or trickling water
  • Open up the back of the tank and check to see it it’s refilling
  • Look in the bowl and see is there is water moving

If none of the signs are noted, it’s recommend to do one more test to rule out a leaking toilet as the culprit of your high water use. Conserve H2o suggest dropping a dye tablet or 10 drops of food coloring into the tank. Wait 10-15 minutes, then look into the bowl of the toilet. If you see the colored water in your bowl, you have a leak.

If you do have a leaking toilet, and it’s not one that is used often, you can turn off the water feed at the base of the toilet until you have the toilet fixed.

M.E. Flow offers a service that helps homeowners maintain their plumbing system and helps them conserve water. With a Plumbing Service Agreement (PSA) you get a once a year whole home plumbing inspection. You get the peace of mind knowing that a qualified plumber has checked all your toilets with a dye test for internal leaks and a flush test for proper operation and water levels. Click here to check out the entire list of items that are included with this plumbing service from M.E. Flow. To speak to a plumbing specialist today about a plumbing service agreement– call or fill out the form on this page.

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