Are you flushing money down your toilet?
If you have an old high-volume toilet (pre-1994) you are wasting water and cash. Tampa Bay Water estimates that households replacing pre-1994 toilets may save up to 32 gallons of water a day – enough to put a couple of dollars back in your pocket every month.
Not sure if your toilet is a high-volume or low-flow toilet? Put the lid down and check for an imprint between the seat and the tank that reads "1.6 gpf/6.0 lpf." If it's there, your toilet is a low-volume model. Not there? Look inside on the lid or the wall for a similar imprint. If you see a date embossed inside the tank, it is likely to be a date prior to 1994. Your toilet is flushing your money down the drain.
Toilet Flappers - A Common Source of Hidden Leaks
Most toilets have a rubber valve called a flapper that holds the water in the tank until it is flushed. More often than not, if you toilet is leaking the flapper is the culprit. Over time, they begin to warp and allow water to leak into the bowl. Flappers should be tested periodically by placing dye tablets in the tank to see if the color appears in the bowl without flushing. If it does, the flapper should be replaced.
The estimated cost of keeping a leaky flapper in your home or business is $5 - $10.
Estimated costs for other toilet-related leaks:
- Bad refill tube = $1.12 a day
- Broken fill valve = $13.97 a day
- Chain caught or kinked = $2.24 a day
- Bent lever = $9.22 a day
- Flush handle binds = $2.79 a day