To find out if your toilet is wasting water, remove the tank lid of your toilet and follow these simple steps:
- Drop - Put several drops of food colouring into the toilet tank and wait 20 minutes.
- Peek - Look in the bowl. If the water changes colour, you've got a leak.
- Repair - If the water changes, your toilet is leaking and needs repair
- Save - Congratulations! By repairing just one toilet, you could save $100!
What to do when you find a leak?
Follow our simple repair instructions, hire a plumber, visit a hardware store for repair tips, or pick up a how-to book or magazine with detailed instructions.
Use your water meter to detect leaks
- Turn off all taps and water appliances (humidifiers, ice makers) in your home
- Watch the triangle shaped dial on your meter
- If it keeps turning, you have a leak in your house
- Check your toilet, taps, humidifier, hot water heater and water softener for leaks
To detect even the smallest leak, turn off all fixtures and record your water meter reading. Leave your home for a few hours or more. If the reading changes while you are away, you may have a leak.
How often should you check for leaks?
It is recommended that you check your home for leaks twice a year. Even new toilets can leak and most toilet leaks are silent so it's important to add checking for leaks to your regular home maintenance schedule. Be aware that time-released toilet bowl cleaners that sit in your tank (rather than flush-released ones) can speed up the deterioration of parts in your toilet and cause leaks. If you use these products, you should check your toilet for leaks more frequently. In the spring, don't forget to check your outside taps for leaks too.
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