Do you want to know the real costs of a runny toilet? It just might surprise you how much water is wasted from a leaky toilet. If you have a leaky faucet or showerhead, it’s very noticeable. On the other hand, a toilet leak is usually heard but not seen, so a homeowner is less likely to take action. Most toilet leaks are quick fixes; it’s just a matter of changing the flapper, which costs less than ten bucks. A complete set of replacement parts costs less than thirty dollars. Keep in mind that if you’re going to attempt to do-it-yourself, take pictures, and take the parts into your home center so they can accurately match it to your toilet. If you’ve never replaced the toilet components before, have your questions ready for your home center representative.
Runny Toilet? You Have Options!
Another consideration is replacing the toilet altogether, primarily if your toilet uses more than 1.6 gallons a flush. Some old toilets can use four times the amount compared to the newer models. Since the Water Act Amendment of 1994, no newly sold toilets can exceed 1.6 gallons a flush. With that said, the latest toilet technologies have powerful flushes and only use 1.1 to 1.28 gallons per flush. Dual flush toilets have the convenience of both, 1.1 for liquids and 1.28 for solids. To confirm you have a runny toilet, put a couple of drops of food coloring in the tank, and wait for thirty minutes. If the color shows up in your bowl, you have a toilet leak. Replacing your toilet or fixing a leak can dramatically reduce your water bill.
High Water Bill Check Your Runny Toilet
Toilets are usually the culprit when it comes to high water usage. In some instances, you don’t even hear them leaking, but don’t let that fool you, a runny toilet can waste 200 gallons of water a day. That works out to over 6000 gallons a month in water waste. The average cost for the wasted water is $70.06 per month, over $840 for the year if not repaired or replaced. With the savings alone, a homeowner could upgrade all the toilets in their home and have money left over. Notwithstanding, it is also our responsibility to care for our natural resources, and water is one of them. While you’re at it, why not check for other leaks in your home, for example, faucet leaks, showerheads, and outdoor leaks?
You Don’t Have To Spend A Fortune To Replace Your Fixtures
Most of us wait until something is leaking before we replace them. There is no reason not to replace old faucets and fixtures before they start to leak. Unless you’re going high-end, you can purchase new, good-quality bathroom faucets and showerheads for less than $50. When you do upgrade your showerhead and faucets, make sure you look for the WaterSense labeled fixtures. WaterSense labeled products are independently certified and use 20 percent less water while performing as well or better than standard models. Some cities and states offer rebates for using WaterSense products. Check your state for rebates.
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