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How to easily and quickly spot a leaky toilet and stop a water billzilla.

A water leak from your toilet can be trouble, for both the property owner and the tenant. It is something that if left unattended, can become costly and very inconvenient at the same time. It’s important to know that most tenants are responsible for the water bill according to what is stablished on their lease. Also, depending on the situation, if a water leak occurs, tenants might also end up becoming responsible for the extra water usage that goes over the standard bill in the case of a non-reported leak. This extra amount can ascend to hundreds and even thousands of dollars, depending on how bad the leak is.

A water leak can drive up your bill to even thousands of dollars.

So, in order to help you prevent having to deal with a billzilla attack, I’d like to give you a few short tips you can use to detect and handle a water leak from your toilet.

  • Listen carefully and try to detect water running continuously during the night, as well as sounds coming from your toilet as if it were being used when it’s clearly not.
  • Purchase a dye test for your toilet. You can get these at Home Depot for a couple of bucks, and it’s easy to use. You just put the dye test in the toilet tank, and after some time, if it’s leaking you will notice that even when the toilet is not being used, the edges of the inside of the toilet will have rivulets of dye running down.
  • You can try the previous step without the dye test, it’s just harder to detect the rivulets of water down the inside of the toilet if it’s a really subtle leak.
  • Sometimes, you can actually find the problem inside the water tank for the toilet. You might find it a little bit gross, but don’t worry it’s only filled with regular clean water. Several things could be wrong here, just check that everything is working as it should and nothing is stuck and the flapper that blocks the flow of water is able to seal the water off consistently when down (it could be bent, filled with sediment, or something along those lines).
  • If you detect a leak, you can stop the flow of water into the toilet tank by closing the stop valve that is connected to your toilet. It’s usually low near the ground, right next to your toilet, you just turn it clockwise until the water stops flowing in. Careful not to turn it too hard though, you could break it!
  • After you’ve detected the leak and stopped the flow, give us a call!
  • Something you can do in order to keep using your toilet even with the stop valve closed due to you having found a leak, is to fill about a gallon of water in any type of container, and after you’re done using the toilet you heavily empty this container into the pool until the water goes down. This is a temporary solution, until the problem is fixed.

We hope this helps for you to be able to better manage your toilet and issues that arise in regard to a leak coming from it. Remember, the more you pay mind to these type of things, the less likely you run the risk of incurring any extra expenses or inconveniences that come along with them.


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