Every time you pay your water bill, do you feel like you’re flushing your hard-earned money down the drain? You might be doing just that.
The number one cause of rising water bills is a leaky toilet.
Water can be wasted up to a gallon per day by a faulty toilet. In total, that’s over 30 gallons of wasted water a month or 360 gallons a year. That’s a lot of water wasted! What’s the most common culprit when it comes to water-wasting toilets? It is a small, plug-like device called a “toilet flapper.” What exactly is a toilet flapper? This rubber device sits at the bottom of the toilet tank and is attached to the tank lever by a chain. When flushing the toilet, the toilet flapper ensures there is enough water in the tank to flush the toilet. Even though the flapper isn’t a sophisticated device, it’s an essential part of your toilet’s operation. The inner workings of your toilet are simple if you’ve ever flushed it manually. When you flush, the flush lever pulls the chain, lifts the flapper, and releases the water from the tank. Following the draining of water from the tank, the float ball drops and activates a fill valve, which triggers the flow of new water. This simple process gets interrupted if the flapper is damaged, frayed, broken or faulty. If the flapper doesn’t make a proper seal, water will continue to leak from the tank, forcing the float ball to drop, which activates the fill valve. In the event of a faulty flapper, your toilet tank will repeatedly empty and fill. Over the course of days or weeks, this constant filling and refilling of the tank can waste a lot of water and money.