Detecting and Fixing a Leaky Toilet

Detecting and Fixing a Leaky Toilet

Water leaking from a toilet is not only a drain on the pocketbook but can also lead to premature wear of your toilet’s internals.

To check to see if your toilet might be leaking:

  1. Open the top of the tank and add some red food coloring to the water.
  2. Come back an hour later and open the toilet seat to see if the water in the bowl has a pink/red tinge. If it does, then you’ll need to replace the flapper in your tank.

Replace the flapper in your tank:Detecting and Fixing a Leaky Toilet

  1. Shut off the water valve into the toilet.
  2. Take off the tank lid.
  3. Flush the toilet to drain the water from the tank
  4. Soak up any excess water as necessary.
  5. Disconnect the flush chain from the lever and slide the old flapper up and out over the overflow tube.
  6. Replace it with a new flapper.
  7. Reconnect the lever.
  8. Turn the water back on.

Some toilet internals differ slightly.

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Stephen Woodall
REALTOR, GRI @ Long Realty Company
Stephen has made real estate his full-time career and passion since 2008, primarily specializing in the Foothills & the Northwest Tucson areas of Oro Valley and Marana. He is a multi-million dollar producer, representing both sellers & buyers. Stephen has tremendous experience in new home sales, listing & selling primary residences, listing & selling vacant land, listing & selling luxury homes, investment properties, rentals, and real estate development parcels.

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