Thinking Green

Save Water by Repairing Leaky Toilets

By: Danny Lipford

A leaky toilet can waste up to 50 gallons of water every day. In almost every case, the solution is simple.

  • Flapper Value: Often leaks occur where the water flows from the tank at the flapper valve. Valve replacement kits and rubber flapper valves are easy to install.
  • Tank Level: If the water level in the tank is set too high, water will continue to run. A simple turn of a screw or knob will adjust the float in the tank to the right level.

These two simple adjustments can save thousands of gallons of water every year. For more information, check out our article on How to Repair a Toilet

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It may be hard to believe, but one leaky toilet can waste up to 50 gallons of water every day. I don’t know about you, but I can think of a lot more uses for that much water than going down the tubes. In almost every case, the solution is simple. Inside the tank is the flapper valve. This is where the water from the tank flows into the bowl. Over time, these valves can warp, which allows water to trickle into the bowl. The water level in the tank drops, and it will refill when it reaches a certain point. Valve replacement kits are very common and easy to install. Sometimes the tank level is just set too high so the water continues to run. A simple turn of a screw or knob will adjust it to the right level. These two simple adjustments can save thousands of gallons of water every year.



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