Recently I opened my water bill and it was up by almost $100 over the prior quarterly statement. In looking back over the year, this was by far the highest bill I have ever received. I called the water company and of course the first thing they asked is if I had a leaky toilet or one that “ran.” I said there wasn’t one, but in my mind I recalled that the bathroom my kids used sometimes would run, but I would jiggle the handle and it would correct itself right away. Despite my jiggling, I was still losing so much water that it cost me big time.
They also told me that you could have a “silent leak” where you don’t even know it’s happening. In that case, they said to add some coffee grounds to the tank and if over a few hours the water in the bowl turns brown, then you know it is leaking and needs to be fixed.
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Usually the fix is easy, it is either the chain or the rubber stopper. In my case, the chain kept getting tangled so I replaced it and the stopper to be safe and it worked. This was better than having to pay another hundred dollars for a plumber to come fix something I could do myself.
Save water and your water bill by checking your toilets for leaks.