A running toilet may not seem like a huge deal, but in the long run it can have large consequences both financially and on your health and health of your family. Other than the frustrating sound of a constantly running toilet, there are a number of reasons you should get a running toilet repaired.

The most obvious reason is avoiding an excessively high water bill. It has been estimated that a single running toilet can go through up to 2 Litres of water an hour! Depending on the type of toilet and how many leaks there are, this number could be significantly higher or lower. Running up an extra 16,000 Litres of water a year can end up costing you a hefty sum.

A running toilet can also have an impact on the health of you and your family. The constant moving toilet water means germs are being released into the air, exposing you and your family to a number of potentially deadly bacteria.

The running water can also result in mould growing around your home. Not only is mould unsightly and damaging to property, but it can also cause a number of health issues with exposure.

If you suspect you have a running toilet, you can use one of these two tests:

  1. Place a dry strip of toilet paper on the back wall of the toilet bowl. Check if the paper stays dry until the next flush. If it is wet, it means the toilet is leaking.
  2. Place a few drops of food colouring into the cistern. If the toilet bowl starts filling with coloured water before you next flush, it means you have a leak.

If you have identified that your toilet has a leak, it is best to contact a plumber who can determine the exact cause. A running toilet could be caused by a number of things and a professional should have no problem spotting the cause and replacing the appropriate parts. With a lot at stake, it is best to get the job done right.

Do you have a running toilet? Call Omega today on 1300 674 797.