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SUPER HELPFUL QUICK TIP FOR CHECKING WHETHER YOUR TOILET IS LEAKING

SUPER HELPFUL QUICK TIP FOR CHECKING WHETHER YOUR TOILET IS LEAKING

Be Your Own Plumbing Diagnoser

 

HERE’S THE TIP

To confirm whether you have a leak, pour 2 or 3 drops of food coloring into the tank and leave for 10 minutes or so. Any color will do. Do not flush the toilet. When you come back, if there is evidence of color in the toilet bowl, then you have a leak. The flapper is the most likely culprit.

THE STORY LEADING UP TO THIS

Just recently I have had lots of toilet issues. I am happy to call a Pasadena plumbing contractor once I know I need one, and once I know I cannot repair the problem myself. I just don’t like relying totally on the opinion of a plumber.

TWO MAN JOB

A case in point was just recently when I needed a plumber to replace the faucet in my kitchen. In fact the job required two plumbing contractors and cost me more than I expected but I could see that it was not a one man job. Before the contractor left, I asked him to look at one of my toilets that was causing me problems. It was not shutting off properly Well, what doom and gloom!

“This toilet is old. It was a bad design. They don’t make these any more for good reason. It will cost you $200 or so to replace the toilet valve. You may as well get a new toilet that will cost about $700, including plumbing installation”. $700! I was was not ready to spend that.

One of the many incredibly helpful men at my local Denault’s hardware store sold me a new valve for $12. My husband and I installed it ourselves and felt very proud. The new valve shut off no problem but to our dismay would then come on again 10 minutes or so later. Water was leaking out of the tank, the water level would lower causing the valve to open again and refill the tank.

NEW FLAPPER

We bought a new flapper, installed it (very simple) but could still hear water running. We did the food coloring test again and lo and behold, green water in the bowl. The new flapper was also not forming a tight seal. We made another trip to the hardware store which was still a lot cheaper than calling a plumber. We exchanged the flapper for a different shape, installed it (very easy) and bingo! The flapper is the most basic design you can get and is doing a great job. The whole repair cost less that $20.

KNOW WHEN TO CALL IN A PLUMBING CONTRACTOR

My plumbing contractor did a good job removing my old faucet, which proved to be very tricky and replacing it with the new one. But I did not like his attitude regarding the toilet. A little DIY plumbing knowledge can go a long way and save you a packet.

By Jane Noble