Sound crazy? It sure does, but did you know that one in five toilets actually has an extremely wasteful leak? And these leaks can waste anywhere from 30 to (yes!) 500 GALLONS of water per day!
You may presume that you would hear the water or see the leak, but this isn’t the case. It often goes undetected. It can also increase during nighttime hours when less water is being used and the pressure increases. So while you sleep, your water bill could be drastically rising and you could be wasting crucially important water.
There is a very simple way to know for sure:
- Just put a few drops of food coloring in the tank. Wait about 15 to 20 minutes and if color shows up in the bowl, you have a leak, my friend.
I recommend doing this for all toilets in your home as late in the evening as possible. The problem is often a poorly fitting flapper valve and the solution is simple… just replace it!
I’m still combating my suddenly excessive water bills that started a year ago, but we’ve checked for toilet leaks and they’re not the problem… (back to the battle with the water department!).
While the task doesn’t sound very glamorous, it’s certainly worth testing just to be sure! That “one in five” may be in your very own home!
Source: Mom Goes Green
Toilets also use a high proportion of household water in normal operation. Low-flow toilets are better than conventional flushing mechanisms but an even better solution is the Multi-Flush (see product demo). This device replaces the flushing mechanism in existing, conventional toilets. It allows you to flush manually, holding the flushing handle for as long as you require. Releasing the flushing handle simply stops the flushing of water. This means that you use the least amount of water required to clear the pan. Savings on your water bill could exceed 20%, but far higher in the amount paid for water considering the price paid for water as well as for sewerage effluent. Even more water can be saved by using gray water to flush your toilet or irrigate your lawn.
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