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5 Things To Know About Your Toilet

Toilet. Latrine. The Throne. Commode. Whatever you prefer to call it, there’s no denying it plays a very important role in our lives, It’s something you use multiple times a day. But how much do you really know about it?

Toilet leaks are a common problem in the home. They can be undetectable to the untrained eye. Did you know that ten percent of homes that experience toilet leaks lose up to 90 gallons of water?

Unsure if your toilet is up to par? Check out these 5 quick, and easy toilet tests to make sure it’s up to the highest standards.

Use Food Coloring

Food coloring isn’t just for baking anymore. Did you know you can test for leaks by taking the lid off the tank and putting a couple drops of food coloring in the tank? Allow it to sit. If the water becomes colored in the bowl after sitting for 15 minutes, it means you have a leak. Be sure to flush immediately after this experiment to avoid staining the tank. If you discover you have a leak, the toilet tank can be repaired. 

Listen for Hissing Sounds

If you hear a continuous sound of water when nothing is turned on, there could be a leak. This is caused by air or water leaking from the fill valve inside the tank.  When the valve doesn’t close properly, it can leak.

Check Tank Parts 

Open the tank to check for broken or rusty parts. Parts that are not functioning properly need to be replaced. One tank part that often leads to leaking is a faulty toilet flapper. It  will need to be replaced.

Look for Mold and Mildew

If mold or mildew is found near plumbing, it is a sign that water is seeping through where it shouldn’t be. Mold and mildew can also be found inside your toilet bowl. If it’s inside the toilet bowl, the best prevention is regular cleaning to ensure that you stay on top of any recurrences.


Check Stability

Your toilet isn’t supposed to be a rocking chair. Check to see if your toilet is wobbly or coming loose from the floor. This may be a sign of a leak and it needs to be sealed again to the floor to prevent future issues. You can also check the bolts to make sure they are not loose.

Now that you learned more about the latrine, check out the commodes in your own home. If you encounter a problem that needs expert repair, call World Class Plumbing today. We can help you with leak detection, leaky pipe repairs, and toilet repair and installation.

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