Fix Toilet Leaks-Save Money and Environment
Fix your leaky toilet. You can save money on your water bill and help to protect the environment by easily and quickly fixing your leaky toilet.
According to the US Environmental Protection Agency the average household’s leaks can account for nearly 10,000 gallons of water wasted every year. The negative impact of that on the environment is disturbing, to the tune of nearly 1 trillion gallons nationwide in an estimated 11 million homes. That doesn’t even take into account the cost to consumer, which can not be overlooked. Simple home repair can help save you money and help save the environment at the same time. There are several potential causes for leaks in your toilet, however the most common is a faulty or worn flapper valve. I have included a link to a video for how to repair/replace that, as well as information about what else might cause this problem. To repair/replace the flapper valve in your toilet follow the simple steps below.
- Shut off the water supply valve behind your toilet. Remove the lid and flush the toilet to remove as much water as possible from the tank.
- Remove the lid on the tank of your toilet. Inside there is a lever and chain attached to the flapper valve at the bottom of the tank. Remove that chain from the lever, then disconnect the flapper valve from the drain that it is covering.
- Wipe around the drain before replacing the flapper valve to make sure there is no build up and you can get a tight seal with the new valve. Attach the new Flapper Valve directly over the drain and reattach the chain to the lever.
- Push on the flush mechanism to make sure that the flapper valve is aligned properly over the drain to create a seal.
- Then turn the water supply for your toilet back on, allow the tank to fill, listen and check to make sure there is no water leaking in the tank. Replace the lid and discard the old flapper valve.
This video can give you the confidence to and know how to successfully replace your Flapper Valve.
Other Things to Keep In Mind
- This link gives some of the most common causes of a leaky toilet, in addition to a faulty flapper valve. If your toilet continues to leak check these other parts.
- It’s particularly important, before refilling the tank, to check and readjust the chain that connects the new flapper valve to the lever to make sure it is raising and lowering the flapper valve right over the drain in order to get that proper seal once the tank is refilled.
- It is helpful to have a few rags or work towels on hand in case something should happen or there are drips of water anywhere. Best to be prepared and not have to go search for them when you need one.