When it comes to a running toilet, many homeowners ignore it. They consider it a little problem they’ll get to eventually. However, a running toilet is a costly problem that should never be ignored. If you have a leaky toilet, then there are real cost to you each month and real cost to the environment each day.
The Real Cost of a Leaky Toilet
The US Environmental Protect Agency (EPA) estimates that a leaky toilet wastes about 10,000 gallons of water each year. They estimate that’s the equivalent of doing 270 loads of laundry; that’s almost a load each day.
Households with leaky toilets can save 10% on their water bill simply by fixing their toilet leak.
Beyond the financial cost associated with having a leaky toilet, there are other real costs homeowners face. Typically, sewer maintenance is based on usage. With the toilet constantly running, it counts against the household’s sewer usage rate, meaning the household will need to get their sewer maintained quicker than normal. With the cost of sewer maintenance increasing with the rate of inflation, a toilet leak can cost you significantly.
What Causes a Toilet to Run?
There are many reasons why your toilet could run water all day. In most cases, the problem is a simple fix that our professional team at Steve’s Plumbing can handle in a day. The most common reason why a toilet runs is a damaged flapper.
Another problem that will cause a toilet to run water throughout the day is using an old toilet. The EPA estimates that homeowners who replace old toilets can save 13,000 gallons of water a year. If you couple that with the amount of water wasted from a running toilet, you can save significantly on your water bill simply by replacing an old toilet.
Other Plumbing Problems that Cost You Money
In addition to a leaky toilet, you should consider repairing other leaky household fixtures. A leaky faucet and showerhead can cost you just like a leaky toilet. Typically, both of these fixtures require a simple fix, much like fixing your running toilet.
At Steve’s Plumbing, we are happy to examine your fixtures to determine if you can save money on your water bill each month. We’ll also gladly fix any leaky faucets, toilets, and showerheads while we are at your home. If you want to reduce the cost of your utility bills by fixing your leaks, give us a call today.