Toilet Repair in Ionia, Michigan

Posted in Plumbing on July 14, 2011 »

Did you know that as much as 80,000 gallons of water can be wasted each year by an undetected toilet leak? Therefore, it makes sense to periodically check the toilets in your home.

Most toilets work in the same way. The tank contains two valves – a flush valve and a refill valve. (Most common type is the ballcock refill valve)

When the flush valve fails to seal properly, water is leaked from the tank into the bowl. The water that leaked out is replenished by the refill valve, causing a continuous flow of wasted water.

The refill valve is located directly above the water supply line that enters the toilet tank. If the refill valve leaks, the toilet tank over fills and the excess water goes into the bowl. This can also cause a significant increase in water usage.

Checking for a leaking flush valve is quick and easy. Shut off the water supply to your toilet (A shut off should be located below the tank where the water line goes into it, usually on the left side) Mark the water level in the tank and check it again in 20 minutes. If the water level has fallen below the mark, your flush valve is leaking.

To check both the flush valve and refill valve for leaking, drop some food coloring into the toilet tank to color the water. Do this when the tank is fully refilled after a flush. Don’t flush the tank again until after you have inspected the toilet bowl (wait a few minutes) Check for colored water in the bowl. If you see color, you have a leak.

If you need to have your toilet fixed or repaired, call O’Mara Plumbing, Heating & Cooling in Ionia, Michigan. You can reach us at (616) 527-9368.