Toilet Tank Repair Month… Yeah It’s A Real Thing!
There really is a month dedicated to absolutely everything! October is National Toilet Tank Repair Month, the perfect time to better understand the effect a faulty toilet can have on your wallet, not to mention the environment. Knowing these startling facts will have you scheduling your toilet maintenance ASAP:
- A leaking toilet wastes about 200 gallons of water a day—that’s 78,000 gallons per year!
- Toilet flushing accounts for about 38 percent of household water use.
- Even a small leak can quadruple the amount of water wasted each day
- An older toilet may use between three and seven gallons of water per flush.
How to Troubleshoot Your Toilet
Want to know if your toilet is performing as it should? Look for these key problems:
- An especially noisy toilet, especially during refilling. This could mean the fill valve is not shutting off when it should.
- A loose lever. A loose lever may be minor, but it could affect how well your toilet functions, especially if it sticks in a downward position.
- A faulty flapper inside the tank. An old flapper can make your toilet prone to leaks.
- A fill valve that won’t shut off. If your toilet is constantly running, a broken fill valve is a likely culprit.
When in doubt, opt for a replacement. New toilets come in all shapes and sizes and range from under $100 to $5,000+. There’s a model for every budget, and even the most inexpensive options are considered high-efficiency, using just over one gallon of water per flush.