Simple Leak Test Can Save On Your Next Bill

Posted Thursday, May 27, 2021

You may think those minor leaks in your bathroom don’t amount to a drop in the bucket. Not so. The sneakiest drip can be found in your bathroom toilet. Toilet tank leaks, almost undetectable to the naked eye, can add significantly to your monthly bill.

Toilets use about 26% of all the water in the average home. Toilets are also one of the likeliest places to find leaks. According to WaterSense, a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency partnership program, 10% of homes have leaks that waste 90 gallons or more per day. If your toilet is constantly running, you could be wasting 200 gallons of water or more every day.

Sometimes it’s easy to tell that your toilet is leaking—you hear the sound of running water or a faint hissing or trickling. But many times, water flows through the tank silently, so toilet leaks are often overlooked. To test your toilet, lift the lid off the toilet tank. Drop one Leak Detective dye tablet (free at Skagit PUD) or several drops of food coloring into the tank (do not flush). Wait at least 15 minutes and check the bowl of the toilet. If there’s dye in the bowl, the toilet has a leak.

If you have to jiggle the handle to keep the toilet from running, it may be a misaligned flapper valve, a loose handle, or an incorrect length of chain.