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How to Detect a Toilet Leak using just Food Colouring

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How to Detect a Toilet Leak using Food Colouring

With the average UK household's water and sewage bill standing at £385 per year, or about £32 per month, it’s important that water usage is conserved and wastage is detected early and eliminated. 
With this in mind, perhaps there is no better time than the present to check your toilets for a leak.  A leaking toilet could be quite literally costing you a small fortune.

Here is a very simple 5 step process anyone can do to check their toilets for leaks:

1:  Remove the lid of the toilet tank

2:  Flush the toilet.  Wait for the flush to complete and for the water in the tank to return to its original level.

3:  Drop 5/ 6 drops of food colouring into the tank.  Use a dark colour such as Blue or Red – it will be more clearly visible.



4: Replace the toilet lid and wait 30 minutes.

5:  Inspect the toilet bowl.  If the water is clear, there Is no leak present.  If there is a trace of the food colouring, then you have a leak.



It's time to get a plumber in.  Or, if you're feeling handy, you can tackle it yourself.  Be careful!
Do you have any other great DIY Tips?  Leave them in the Comment Box below.


 


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