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How to locate leaks on a toilet

One of the major sources of water loss is due to a leaky flapper valve on toilet. Even with a small leak you can increase your water bills twenty to thirty dollars a month. And if you have several toliets some will be used more than others. The ones that are used the least often leak the most. The easiest ways I've found to locate leaks is to use common food coloring. Use any color you like,I prefer the darker ones as they show up better to me.Remove lid from toilet tank being careful as they are made of china and will break or crack if handled roughly. Put about ten -twelve drops of food coloring directly into tank. Check in about one-two hours. If flapper is leaking the water in the bowl will be discolored.
Most flappers can be easily changed by home owner,some may
require help. If you feel comfortable doing this the first thing I would do is try to identify type you need for replacement.Repair parts are available in plumbing dept. of most stores carrying hardware.I like to have repair parts on hand if possible. Shut off water supply to toilet. Remove old flapper and install new one.
There are many different types so you may have to remove it to get the right one. If water won't shut off or you can't find replacement parts you proably should call a service co.If it is leaking very bad or you have more than one a service call will probably pay for itself in a couple months.Thanks.

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    1. Turn off the water at the shutoff valve, flush the toilet and hold down the handle. There may be a little water left in the bottom of the tank, but don't worry about it. Wipe the flapper seat with a clean cloth to make sure it's free of debris, and check it for cracks or splits (Image 1).

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