Discovering Minor Toilet Leaks

We all know the sound, a repetitive drip-drip-drip going on through the night. Without a doubt, these leaks can quickly become annoying. When that noise is coming from a toilet, there may not even be any water collecting on the ground, because the leak may be from the toilet’s tank into its bowl.

These minor leaks can easily be missed because of this, but that doesn’t mean there is no water wasted. Minor leaks like these can easily cause us to procrastinate solving the issue, but, the truth is, these leaks can easily be discovered on your own!

What Makes a Toilet Leak?

One of the most common reasons we discover a leaky toilet is caused by a defective toilet flapper. A toilet flapper is an easily identifiable piece in your toilet. If you were to remove the lid of your tank and look at the bottom of the tank, you would notice a small hole covered by a rubber seal. This seal is the flapper. If the flapper has any damage or wear around the seal, there will be a continuous leak running into your toilet bowl. But how do you know if there is a leak because of the seal?

Trying Out the Dye Test

Some people are quick to call a leaky toilet a running toilet, but not all toilet leaks are exclusive to the whooshing sound one would commonly associate with a leak. To discover whether or not your toilet has a leak, we recommend the dye test. This test is simple and requires little work on your end.

If you believe that your toilet tank may have a tiny leak, place a few drops of food coloring into your toilet’s tank. Allow the dye to sit in the tank for a few hours. After a few hours, check back on the toilet. If you notice that any of the dye has appeared in your toilet’s bowl, you’ll know there is a leak in the tank.

But have no fear! The professionals at Tom Drexler Plumbing, Air & Electric are ready to solve this issue for you. All of our plumbers are licensed professionals. We take pride in hiring the best, so you can have the best experience possible.

Whether you need an entirely new toilet or just a flapper, we are here for you. Schedule your appointment today and do away with that drip-drip-drip.

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