No one wants to think about their toilet leaking. Unfortunately, a leak can happen any time, often without your noticing. Undetected toilet leaks can lead to water damage and high water bills. Here are several signs of a leaking toilet.
Floor is Stained
A leaky toilet can lead to water damage if it isn’t caught right away. Water damage will leave stains on your bathroom floor. A yellow, gray, or brown stain on the floor near the base of your toilet could mean your toilet is leaking.
One of the most obvious signs of a toilet leaking is dampness around the base of the toilet. If the floor around your toilet is wet, it’s very likely you have a leak. Contact a plumber as soon as you can.
Toilet is Always Running
Do you always need to jiggle the handle to make your toilet stop running? Does your toilet keep making noise even when it’s not being used? If so, your toilet is probably leaking. You shouldn’t hear any sounds from your toilet except when you’re flushing it. If your toilet is constantly running, one of the parts likely needs replacing.
High Water Bills
An undetected leak in your toilet can waste a lot of water. If your water bill is much higher than normal, a toilet may be the reason. Having a plumber repair the leak will save you money on your water bill.
Test Your Toilet for Leaks
If you suspect your toilet is leaking, try this simple test.
- Put food coloring or a powdered drink mix in the toilet tank. Do not flush the toilet.
- Wait 10 to 30 minutes.
- If you see colored water in the toilet bowl, you have a leak. Call a plumber for repairs as soon as possible.
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