How To Check For A Leaky toilet
With the price of water on the rise knowing how to check for a leaky toilet can save you lots of money and save lot of our precious water. A leaking toilet can waste 10’s to 100’s of liters of water a day. A toilet wasting 5 liters of water a day, 7 days a week 52 weeks of the year. That works out to be over 1800 liters of water a year wasted. If you are lucky and have 2 toilets in the house then that could be double the waste. That’s like throwing money down the drain. With every liter of water wasting down the toilet its costing you money. Below we have put together a easy step through on how I test to see if a toilet is leaking and what to look and listen for.
Checking For A Leaking Toilet
If the water level is above that over flow tube then water is pouring down the tube and down the drain. Now we know that the float valve either needs adjusting, repairing or replacing.
Next we will check to see if the outlet valve seating washer is working correctly.
Turn the water supply off at the isolation stop tap.There should be an isolation tap down below the toilet cistern either side of the toilet pan. If not you will have to turn the water off at the water meter or a isolation valve to the property. Once the water is isolated make sure the water height in the tank is just below the over flow pipe.
Check the toilet bowl where the water sits on the bottom of the pan. If you can see a ripple on the water, or place a piece of toilet paper just below the rim of the toilet pan where the water comes out. If the paper is getting wet then the seating washer may need replacing. Don’t be afraid to wait a couple of minutes if checking with the paper as the bowl could be wet and give false reading. That’s the easy way for a leaky toilet check. Check out the video below for some more tips