Last month Lucy Greene stared at her water bill in horror. It was $93 higher than the previous month. “Bob!” she yelled to her husband. “Do we have a swimming pool I don’t know about?” Bob came bounding down the stairs and grabbed the bill. “Not a pool,” he answered, “but I think I can guess what this is… I bet the kids’ toilet has a leak. You might want to get the plumber on the line.”
Though toilet leaks are very common in most U.S. households, they can be tough to detect. Fortunately, there are ways to figure out if your “loo leaks” long before you’re out an extra hundred bucks like the Greene’s.
In some houses, the problem is that there’s a defective flush valve, or flapper ball at the bottom of the toilet tank. If this valve doesn’t seat properly, it won’t be watertight; and soon water will begin leaking–often silently.
To test for this type of leak, a homeowner can add a few drops of food color into the toilet tank after it has stopped filling. He should wait about a half an hour, and if any trace of color appears in the toilet bowl, there is a leak. Plumbers also have a special kit that quickly reveals leakage.
The good news is that not only is there a quick way to detect leaks, but there is also an easy, inexpensive solution. Usually it’s as simple as reinstalling a new flapper. At Moon Valley Plumbing, we offer free estimates for this–or any other plumbing issue– with no service charge on any consultation visits. So don’t settle for damp floors or out-of-control water bills when your friendly neighborhood plumber and his bag of leak fixes is just a phone call away.