Fix A Leak
Acording to the American Water Works Association (AWWA) toilets are responsible for approximately 27% of water used in homes on a daily bisis.
Next week is fix a leak week and w are looking at one of The District's biggest cuase of high bills, a toilet leak!
Old or worn-out toilet flappers (e.g., valve seal) can cause leaks. Flappers are inexpensive rubber parts that can build up minerals or decay over time. Replacing them can be a quick and easy fix for your water woes. To fix this leak, consult your local hardware store, home improvement retailer, or licensed plumber. Here are some online resources from WaterSense partners:
- Spartanburg Water in South Carolina has a useful video tutorial on detecting leaky toilets.EXIT
- Concord General Services has a dye test video on how to detect a toilet leak.EXIT
- The Regional Water Providers Consortium has a step-by-step video on how to fix a leaky toilet.EXIT
Tip: Bring the old flapper to the hardware store for comparison to make sure you buy a new flapper that fits your toilet model. You can also check the owner's manual, if you have it, or the manufacturer's website for the appropriate replacement part number for the flapper.