Are My Toilets Wasting Water?

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There are two ways your toilets could be wasting water: using too much water when flushing or leaking. Most people don’t think too much about the amount of water needed to flush, but it will reflect on your water bill. In fact, a high water bill is where most people first discover there may be a problem.

Are My Toilets Wasting Water?

How do you know if your toilet is using too much water to flush? First, check the date of your toilets. Inside the toilet tank or lid, you will find the date your toilet was made. If it was made before 1992, you need to get a new toilet. Before 1992 toilets were made to use 3.5 gallons of water for every flush. But modern toilets only use 1.3-1.6 gallons, making them much less wasteful. So, updating your toilet would be a good start. For more water-saving options, try looking into dual-flush or low-flow toilets. It is best to speak to one of our professionals to go over options  to determine what is right for you.

If you have a newer toilet or do not think that flushing too much water is the problem, let’s look at the second and most common problem of water waste: leaks. There are several ways to know if your toilet leaks, such as water randomly running when nobody has used the toilet recently, low water pressure when flushing, or hissing noises when flushing. Another way to find leaks is through a dye test. The dye test includes adding a few drops of food coloring to your toilet tank, and then leaving the toilet for 30-45 minutes without use. When you return, if the dye is in the toilet bowl without flushing, there is a leak.

Save yourself time, trouble, and high water bills by calling our professionals at BL Plumbing Service to help fix leaks or upgrade your toilets to prevent water waste.