You can lose a few litres of water an hour from a slow dripping tap and thousands of litres a day from a constantly running toilet. Dubbo City Council estimate that by fixing a dripping tap in your home you can save 5-50 litres of water/day – that can add up to more than $5! A leaking toilet can waste 5-100 litres/day.
Don’t you think it’s time you had a go at some basic home maintenance?
One of the big hardware stores has a very easy to watch video on how to change a tap washer, which is worth viewing if you’re keen to have a go.
Just note, when replacing a tap seal it’s generally a good idea to replace the spindle O-ring as well. This video doesn’t cover that part of the process. If you get stuck – you know who to call!
Remember not to turn taps off too hard and replace washers as soon as taps begin to leak.
Sydney Water have a great tip here for testing your toilet for leaks. Place a small piece of dry toilet paper at the back of the toilet bowl and check that it stays dry until the next flush. Toilet cisterns shouldn’t release any water between flushes.
Another way to test for leaks in your toilet is to put some food colouring in the cistern. Don’t flush but return at least an hour later. If the colouring is showing in the toilet bowl, the cistern is leaking. Don’t forget to look at your water meter in the process of checking for leaks.
Any major work on plumbing needs the care of a licensed plumber, but if you’re not quite sure where to start, give me call.