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You flush your toilet and the water runs through its usual process. The tank refills, and it should stop, calming everything down. However, your toilet continues to run for minutes after it should’ve stopped. You can hear the pitter-patter of water running down into the bowl, but you’ve learned to ignore it. After all, it should stop within the next half hour or so, right?
Even if your toilet does eventually stop running, it creates a massive problem for you. Not only can it be very annoying – especially if you’re trying to sleep – but it can drain your finances. With that in mind, let’s take a look at how your leaky toilet can be a financial problem, and why you need to take care of it right away.
Money goes down the toilet (literally)
The key problem is that a leaky toilet will waste a huge amount of water every single day. Whenever you flush it, the toilet carries on running – even if it is for 10 or 20 minutes – meaning water just keeps on running down the drain. Naturally, you have a water bill to pay, which means you are technically using more water every single day, adding up to a hefty water bill for each month – or however often you have to pay it.
To make matters worse, when your toilet constantly runs, you’re inclined to flush it multiple times to see if that makes a difference. Sometimes, on the third flush, it stops running. You think you’ve fixed things and saved water, but the extra couple of flushes have just blown more money down the drain.
Think about it this way, if your toilet runs for 20 minutes after you flush it, that’s the equivalent of running your tap for 20 minutes straight. If someone told you to do that, you’d laugh at how crazy they are because you know it would be a waste of water and money. So, this is why you need to do something about your toilet as it is literally draining your finances.
How do you fix a leaky toilet?
There are some DIY fixes you can try to prevent your toilet from running. However, they can be challenging – especially if your cistern is built into a unit and you can’t access it. Most of the time, the best approach is to call a licensed plumber and ask them to help. The good news is that fixing running toilets isn’t a massive task for an experienced plumber. It’s normally a quick fix, meaning you can flush your toilet and hear sweet silence after the flushing cycle ends.
As a result, you’re not wasting water, meaning your water bill isn’t increasing. Sure, you’ve paid for the plumber, but it’s a minor investment when you consider how much money you’ll spend on water that isn’t serving any use at all.
The moral of the story is to always be worried when your toilet leaks or continues to run. Don’t ignore it, even if it only runs for 10 minutes after you flush it. 10 minutes of running water is still a lot of money, and the time will only increase if you leave it. Take action now to save a lot of money in the future!