The recently updated statistics of how much water is being wasted through broken plumbing components is anything but funny. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, a leaky toilet can waste about 200 gallons of water a day, and letting the faucet run for five minutes uses about as much energy as letting a 60-watt light bulb run for 14 hours.
Roger the Plumber reminds everyone that water isn’t the only thing being wasted due to leaky toilets and faucets; think about all that money just going down the drain.
Roger the Plumber, a leading provider of plumbing, heating, and air conditioning services serving the Kansas City, Kansas regions, cares about water preservation and the environment. Roger the Plumber often releases new tips and recommendations to help Kansas City homeowners stay green.
“Repairing a leaky toilet will not only lower your water and wastewater bills, but it will also ensure your plumbing is in good condition before any emergencies happen,” comments Jeremy Prevost, Roger the Plumber CEO.
Prevost continues, “With a house full of family and friends, your toilet will be working overtime. You want to make sure it’s operating properly.”
Roger the Plumber notes that unlike leaky faucets that may be obvious, some homeowners don’t even realize they have a toilet leak.
Roger the Plumber shares a nifty tip to help homeowners locate silent leaks. Put several drops of dark food coloring into the toilet tank. If dye appears in the bowl, replace the water control diaphragm, also known as the flapper, at the bottom of the tank. The fill valve may need to be adjusted or replaced.
To help homeowners conserve water and hard earned dollars, Roger the Plumber has this advice:
- To prevent a running toilet, replace flappers and fill valves every couple of years.
- If water continues to flow after flushing, adjust the chain or the float ball in the tank.
- Don’t put chlorine-based products in the toilet tank because they corrode the metals and destroy the rubber seals.
- Install an ultra low-flow toilet that requires only 1.6 gallons (6 liters) per flush.
- For those who aren’t do-it-yourselfers or if the problem is too complicated to fix, be sure to contact a qualified service professional.
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