Lose the Leaky Toilet

0 lbs CO2 Per Year

$5 Savings Per Year

Short Description

Leaky toilets waste a lot of water! Check your toilet for leaks in order to save water and money!

Long Description

Notice the the noisy little “song” your toilet plays as it leaks every day? Try to stop it! Leaky toilets waste a lot of water! Toilets are responsible for the largest amount of water use within the home. Flushing a regular toilet uses 5 to 7 gallons per flush, which accounts for about 38%, more than one-third, of the water used in your home each day. Keeping your toilet from leaking can help you conserve the earth’s most precious resource while saving money, and remember, don’t use your toilet as a wastepaper basket; you’re literally throwing water and money down the drain!

 

To test your toilet for leaks, place a few drops of food coloring or a dye tablet (free at most home improvement stores) in your toilet’s tank. Wait about 10 to 15 minutes (do not flush); if the coloring appears in the bowl, you have a leaky toilet! Luckilly leaky toilets are easy to repair. Find the flush valve (“flapper”) or the valve seat and replace or clean in order to stop the leak. Most toilets can be repaired easily and inexpensively.

 

Toilet flappers break down quickly and should be replaces about once a year. A couple of dollars spent on a replaceable flapper will save water and may noticably reduce your water bill. A leaking toilet can waste 5,000 to 10,000 gallons of water per month, while repairing a leaking toilet could save as much as 200 liters of water per day.

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