Is Your Toilet Running Or Leaking?
Ignoring the obvious references to the classic prank phone call, it is a serious question!
Did you know that a leaking toilet can cause your home to lose up to 200 gallons of water each day? It’s no wonder your water bill was so high last month! Now just might be the time to call the plumber in. When leaks occur, it’s time to call the big guns in!
A recent, direct quote from the EPA’s webpage stated:
“The amount of water leaked from U.S. homes could exceed more than 1 trillion gallons per year. That’s equivalent to the annual water use of Los Angeles, Chicago, and Miami combined. ”
I’m not certain about the other folks reading this article right now, but I’m pretty sure our world needs all of the water that we can possibly save. If you have any leaks going on right now, pick up the phone and call Fenwick Home Services today! You’d be hard pressed to find more professional or experienced plumbers in the Jacksonville or North Florida region.
How can you be sure that your toilet is leaking? Flush it. If, after a few minutes, you hear noises coming from your toilet, then this is a sure sign that you have a leak going on somewhere. The handle of your toilet shouldn’t have to be jiggled to persuade the flapper to sit correctly. When the toilet is not in use, there shouldn’t be any kind of water movement in the bowl at all.
Let us give you one big, money saving tip: Check your toilets regularly for leakage and continuous flowing! Let’s do a little math here. Let’s say you have a standard 1.5 gallon toilet in your home. From the time you initiate the flush, it takes about 30 seconds for it to refill itself. This equals out to 1.5 gallons every 30 seconds, or 3 gallons every minute. Now for some calculations…
60 minutes per hour x 24 hours per day = 1,440 minutes per day
1,440 minutes per day x 3 gallons of water per minute = 4,320 gallons of water per day
7 days per week x 3 weeks = 21 days
4,320 gallons of water per day x 21 days = 90,720!
How would you like to receive a water bill for nearly 91,000 gallons of water usage? Make sure to check your toilet regularly. In the long run, you’re going to be doing yourself a big favor.
At Fenwick Home Services, our goal is total customer satisfaction. We take pride in our work and make ourselves readily available for you, emergency or not. Our team offers reliable plumbing services such as tankless water heater maintenance, gas line installation, and 24 hour plumbing repair.
Call us today for a free quote on any of your home plumbing needs.