Have you ever been sitting at home on the couch, or at the dinner table with the family, and all of the sudden heard the toilet flush behind a closed bathroom door? Everyone in your home is accounted for...so who was in the bathroom? Is it time to call the Ghostbusters? No, it's probably just a harmless toilet leak making a phantom flush. Not a big plumbing emergency, right?
Unfortunately, even if you aren’t hearing phantom leaks from your toilet, it could still be leaking precious and expensive water — and a leak like that could cost you upwards of $70 per month on your water bill! So what causes these leaks, why is it costing you so much, and how can you fix it?
Common Causes of Toilet Leaks
Many toilets experience regular wear and tear on the flapper, which is the mechanism that regulates the movement of water from the toilet tank to the toilet bowl. It can also be the floater, which is used to measure the water level in the toilet tank and turn on the water supply when the level gets too low. A malfunction in either of these parts will lead to a constant re-filling of your toilet, wasting gallons and gallons of water.
How To Tell Your Toilet Is Leaking
The phantom flush is the most obvious sign your toilet is leaking. But it isn’t the only way to play detective on what is causing your unexplained high water bills. If you want to know if your toilet is leaking, there is a simple trick that requires some culinary color and a little patience. Drop three or four drops of food coloring in the toilet bowl, and wait about 30 minutes. If the color has faded in that time, you know the food coloring has been diluted from a leak.
Fixing Your Plumbing Leaks
Locating and fixing the leaks in your toilet is relatively easy (so easy you could “dye,” you might say), but the plumbing in your Calgary home could be hiding many more small leaks that will be near impossible to locate without the help of a plumbing professional. You could replace the flapper and floater in your toilet yourself, but if the leak persists, it’s time for a toilet replacement. For this and any other water leaks, it’s best to call in a professional plumber. And here in Calgary, the experts at Ace Plumbing will make sure you are “happy today” when it comes to fixing your plumbing woes.
Plumbing Systems: Check
A full inspection of the plumbing in your home will uncover any areas where you can prevent water waste and save money. With the Ace Plumbing Systems Check, a certified and trusted plumber will check for leaks and problematic wear and tear in every area of your home, including:
Water mains & drains
Water treatment systems
With Ace Plumbing, you can experience true peace of mind that your water bill will stay as low as possible with an efficient plumbing system!