Many homeowners are unaware that a leaky toilet is the cause of their high water bill. Follow this step by step video to test & fix a leaking toilet.
- Food Dye
- Replacement Toilet Flapper
Step 1: Pour food dye into the toilet tank water
Open the toilet tank lid and pour about half of the dye into the water.
Step 2: Check the toilet bowl for dye
Check the toilet bowl and monitor the color of the water. Any streaks of dye or colored water indicate a leak from the tank into the bowl.
Step 3: Turn off the water supply
Shut off the water by closing the angle stop (shut off valve) under the toilet. The most common types of angle stops are pull and close angle stops, quarter turn angle stops, and gate valve angle stops. Pull or turn your angle stop closed.
Step 4: Drain the water from the tank
Flush the toilet once to drain the water.
Step 5: Disconnect the lift chain
Disconnect the lift chain from the flush handle by unclipping the chain.
Step 6: Remove the flapper from the flush valve
Pull the flapper out of the tank
Step 7: Install the new flapper
Snap the two wings of the flapper onto the flush valve, and clip the chain back onto the flush handle. You may need to adjust the length of the chain by moving the clip to a different ring on the chain. The chain should have enough give to allow the flapper to close, but not enough give to prevent it from raising the flapper
Step 8: Turn the water on & check for leaks
Turn the water back on by pushing or turning your angle stop (shut off valve). As the water fills the tank, make sure that the water does not go past the “water line” mark on the flush valve. Add the remaining food dye into the back of the tank and check for leaks. If you do not see any dye leaking into the bowl, you may flush the dye out of the tank.