Homeowners in Hastings are often willing to overlook the annoying sound of a toilet that frequently runs. And in many cases, the reason is that though it is annoying, it poses no threat of flooding your home or causing costly damage. But what might surprise you is the actual cost of this common plumbing issue.
The Financial And Environmental Impact
A running toilet is more accurately a leaking toilet. And that single leak can be wasting up to 200 gallons of water each day or the same amount of water needed to fill the average bathtub almost five times. Also, consider that most people use only 80-100 gallons of water each day. The financial setback from this issue can reach about $70 a month, but that pales compared to the environmental cost of this wasted water.
What Causes A Toilet To Run Constantly?
Five problems can be robbing you of a couple of hundred gallons of water each day. And they all revolve around the inner workings of your toilet. The most common is the old-style flapper that could get stuck, damaged, or worn out. These, coupled with the sometimes questionable function of the flimsy flapper chain, account for many toilet issues with older models.
Newer flush valves have refined the flapper design a bit, but nothing is perfect. There is still the possibility of the seal getting damaged or warped to allow a leak. You can check the seal on your toilet flapper by adding a few drops of food coloring to the water in the tank. Wait several minutes to see if the colored water has leaked into the toilet bowl to know if it is time for some repairs.
A leaky fill valve and a corroded toilet handle are the other two common offenders that could be waste tons of water each day. Replacement parts are available at many big box stores. But as you begin to replace part after part, you might find that a call to the pros at Paul Bunyan Plumbing And Drains is the more economical choice.
is the more economical choice.
Why Call in The Pros?
The simple truth is that you get what you pay for when it comes to plumbing repairs. And when you invest a few dollars in replacement parts and ten minutes watching a YouTube video, you are still far from an expert at toilet repair. And if your toilet is more than a few years old, you could be doing more harm than good. The licensed plumbers at Paul Bunyan Plumbing And Drains have decades of hands-on experience repairing running toilet leaks and all plumbing issues. And when we complete a job, it is backed by our full warranty.
Don’t let a running toilet in your Brooklyn Park home waste your money and a precious natural resource. Call 612-340-1444 to schedule an appointment with a licensed plumber from Paul Bunyan Plumbing And Drains. The service call cost will quickly come back to you in the money you save on your water bill.