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How much are your leaky toilets and faucets really costing you?

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Running toilets and dripping faucets can lead to significant water wastage, which in turn can result in higher water bills. In Ontario, this issue is no exception. Let’s explore the extent of this problem and its potential financial implications.

Leaky faucets are another common culprit when it comes to water wastage. A small leaky faucet may not seem significant, but it can still contribute to unnecessary water consumption. The financial impact of these issues becomes more apparent when we consider the long-term consequences. Depending on your current water rate, you could end up spending an additional $1,200 per year on wasted water that you never really used.

While specific data on the financial impact of running toilets and dripping faucets in Ontario is not readily available, it is safe to assume that the problem exists and can result in substantial monetary losses for households. To address this issue effectively, it is crucial to promptly repair any running toilets or dripping faucets in your home.

To check if your toilet is running you can perform a few simple tests.

1. Visual Inspection: Remove the lid from the top of your toilet tank and observe the water level. If the water is continuously flowing into the overflow tube or if you hear a constant hissing sound, it indicates that your toilet is running.

2. Dye Test: You can also perform a dye test to identify any leaks. Add several (about 25) drops of food coloring or a blue water cleaning tab to the toilet tank and wait for 25-45 minutes without flushing the toilet. Afterward, check the toilet bowl for any colored water. If you notice colored water in the bowl, it indicates a leak.

3. Check the Fill Tube: For toilets with an overflow tube, ensure that the fill tube is properly attached to the fill valve and perched about 1 inch above the rim of the overflow tube. Flush the toilet and observe if the water stream goes down the overflow tube.

If you notice a running toilet or a leaky faucet in your residence, consider reaching out to a licensed plumber who can provide professional assistance. By addressing these issues promptly, you can save both water and money while contributing to a more sustainable future. Check out our blog about how to find a trustworthy plumber near you.

Remember, every drop counts! Fixing running toilets and dripping faucets not only helps conserve water but also reduces your monthly expenses. Don’t let these seemingly minor issues drain your wallet—take action today!

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