Toilets use about 27% of all the water used in an average home. And water leaks account for over 10% of all water use in the average home. And what is the #1 culprit as the source of these leaks? The home toilet.
Often, water flows through the toilet with no noticeable sound, which is why these leaks often go unnoticed.
Listed below is a simple method to check your home toilets for leaks:
- Stand by the toilet and listen for the sound of running water.
- If you hear this noise, it is likely that you have a leak.
- Remove the toilet tank lid.
- Drop a dye tablet into the tank.
- Dye tablets (Toilet Leak Detective Kits) are available from Bright Dyes. They may also be available through your local water provider.
- Put the lid back on and do not flush the toilet.
- Wait at least 10-15 minutes, and then look in the bowl for the presence of blue water.
If you see colored water in the bowl, you have a leak. Otherwise, the toilet is OK.
It is recommended to inspect every toilet in your home at least 1 to 2 times per year.