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Is Your Toilet Running Up Your Water Bill?

ToiletiStock_000004080170XSmallPut an end to high bills with professional help to stop this annoying and expensive problem

Is your toilet running? This might sound like a corny take on an old joke, but a toilet that runs when it hasn’t been flushed can be a big problem when it comes to your water bills.

The Phantom Flush

The noise you hear when your toilet suddenly starts running out of nowhere isn’t a flush. It’s actually the sound of water filling up the tank or bowl without stopping. This is a pretty good indication that there’s something wrong with the internal workings of your toilet and that you need to take a look before it starts costing you money. To determine if you are in fact dealing with a leak, place a few drops of food coloring in the toilet tank and wait a little while. If the color winds up in the bowl, a leak is exactly what you have.

Up Goes the Water Bill

Discovering a leak in your toilet is more than annoying: it’s both wasteful and expensive. Picture 200 gallons of milk. That’s how much water a leaky toilet can go through every single day! The EPA estimates that 25% of home water usage is from the toilet, so you can imagine how much a leak affects your home efficiency. The more water your toilet goes through, the higher your water bill is going to be.

Check for Solutions

There are a few quick things you can do to troubleshoot your leaky toilet. First, try jiggling the handle to see if that fixes the problem. If so, the chain or handle may need adjusting. If the toilet is running nonstop, check the flapper. It could be stuck or need replacing. A functioning flapper in a leaky toilet may point to a problem with the float or fill valve. If none of these solutions fixes the leak or you can’t figure out what’s causing the issue, it’s time to call in the pros.

ABC Home & Commercial Services has the tools to fix irritating plumbing problems in your Bryan-College Station home. The next time your toilet is driving you crazy, visit our website to contact one of our trained specialists. We’ll come and assess the problem and get it fixed before it becomes a drain on your budget. Get your sanity back and start preserving your water supply with a toilet that works the way it should.

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