Thursday, July 30, 2009

Toilet Water Waste

Everyone wants to save money and protect the environment, right? Here is a way that you can do your part to save water and money.

Did you know that one toilet that continues to run after flushing can waste 5-10 gallons of water per hour? That may seem somewhat small at first but after just one year that single toilet has wasted 44,000 to 88,000 gallons of water? Small and simple repairs can save this water from being wasted and keep your money in your pocket.

Here's how to tell if your toilet is leaking:
Drip several drops of food coloring into the toilet tank (This is where the water is stored for flushing. It is located behind/above your toilet bowl.). Let the food coloring remain in the toilet tank for about 15 minutes. Check the toilet bowl water and if it's clear, your toilet isn't wasting water. If you see that the coloring has entered the bowl water, you have a leak that needs attention. It's important to remember that toilet bowl cleaners that are placed in the toilet tank break down the rubber components and make your toilet more prone to leaks.

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