How Can I Check If My Toilet is Leaking?
Many water leaks in a home or workplace go unnoticed. It is often only when an usually high water bill arrives, that home or business owners suspect an issue. If you suspect a water leak, don’t delay having it repaired.
One of the biggest water users in South West homes and workplaces are toilets. Today, most homes have two toilets and workplaces have multiple toilets and urinals for staff and customer use. Did you know? Older style toilets can use up to 18 litres of water each time they are flushed while new models of low flush toilets use approximately 4.5 litres for a full flush and 3 litres for a half flush.
Read on to learn how you can check if a toilet in your home or workplace is leaking:
- Refrain from using the toilet and look out for warning signs of a leak
- Test if your toilet is leaking
- If you suspect a leak, don’t delay calling a plumber
Refrain from using the toilet and look out for warning signs of a leak
Flush the toilet and ensure it isn’t used again allowing you to look out for warning signs of a leak. In a home, let the rest of the household know the toilet is off limits and in a workplace, put an out of order sign on the toilet door. Approximately 10 minutes after flushing the toilet, if you can still hear water running or notice water pooling around the base of the toilet, there is a good chance the toilet is leaking.
Test if your toilet is leaking
Wait at least 30 minutes after flushing a toilet to do the following test. The purpose of this is to do the test when the toilet bowl is dry. Place a sheet of toilet paper under the rim at the back of the toilet bowl. Be sure to wash your hands thoroughly afterwards. Ensure the toilet isn’t used or flushed and wait a few minutes to see if the piece of toilet paper soaks up any water. If it does, you have a trickling toilet leak.
If you suspect a leak, don’t delay calling a plumber
If you suspect you have a leaking toilet, it is important to have it repaired as soon as possible. Each year the equivalent of 700 buckets of water is lost through residential leaks in Perth alone. A leaking toilet wastes precious water and can cause a spike in water bills until the issue is resolved.
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It is important that you have a licensed plumber like the Mainline team who can correctly diagnose issues and offer full services on all toilet cisterns across all the major brands.
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