Basics of Toilet Leak Detection in Northwest Indiana and South Cook County, IL
The toilet is one of the most important features of any home. When buying a new home, people most commonly look at the bathrooms for size, function, and ease-of-use. Unfortunately, it’s not always easy to tell if something works the way it should when you first buy a home or move into a new building. Both residents and business owners in Northwest Indiana and South Cook County, IL, may detect toilet leak.
that increases water bills. In order to help, Reichelt Plumbing is here to provide our clients with information on how to detect leaks, including silent leaks.
Most leaks are easy to distinguish because the toilet makes sounds that it doesn’t normally make. For example, some people experience what’s called Phantom Flushing. The toilet seems to refill the tank and make filling sounds when no one is in the room and when no one has used the toilet. This usually means the chain for the flapper (or the flapper itself) isn’t working properly. You can take the lid for the tank off and see if the chain is too short, which causes the tank to leak water and need refilling. On the other hand, some leaks go undetected because they are silent. If you are experiencing a high water bill, but your toilet seems to work completely fine, you can perform a dye test to see if you have a silent leak.
First, start with a completely clean and clear tank and toilet bowl. Next, you can add dye of some sort; you can use colored drink mixes, food coloring, or instant coffee. The most important thing is to use something with a deep color that is very easy to see (like red, blue, or purple). When you put the color in the tank, do not put it in the bowl. Put the lid back on the tank and leave the bathroom for 15-30 minutes. Make sure no one uses or flushes the toilet because the results will be incorrect. When you return, look at the toilet bowl; if the color has changed, you have a silent leak and should contact the licensed plumbers at Reichelt Plumbing.
A few other ways you can tell your toilet is leaking is when you have to wiggle the handle to get the toilet to shut off, or if you have to hold the handle down to get the toilet to drain properly. If your toilet isn’t leaking and your water bill is higher than usual, you may want to call Reichelt Plumbing so that they can detect leaks in other areas of your home and repair the problems quickly and efficiently.
No matter what happens, our licensed technicians are always available to resolve your plumbing problems. At Reichelt Plumbing, we offer both residential plumbing services and commercial plumbing services. Locally owned and operated, we have been in business for over 25 years and owe our longevity and success as a business to our unwavering commitment to satisfy all our customer demands in a timely fashion. For money saving tips, coupons, and testimonials, visit us on the web. And feel free to contact one of our friendly representatives with any questions or service needs.
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