DIY Home Maintenance – Leaky Toilet
Do you have a leaky toilet? DIY home maintenance can seem daunting if you are not mechanically minded. There are plenty of things you can do to keep down costs. These tips will keep your leaky toilet out of the repair shop – and your hard earned cash in your pocket.
A leaky toilet tank won’t only cost you money on your utility bill – but it can damage your bathroom floor as well. To find out whether your toilet tank is leaking, add some red food coloring to the water in the tank. Come back in about an hour and see if the water in the bowl is pink. If it is, you have a leak.
Did you find that your toilet is leaking from the tank to the bowl? You need to replace the flapper. To change your toilet’s flapper, first shut off the water supply to your toilet. To do this, simply turn the water valve located directly behind the toilet. Remove the tank lid and flush the toilet in order to empty the tank. Use a towel or sponge to mop out any excess water left in the tank. Remove the flush chain from the lever, and then slide the old flapper up off the overflow tube. Slide the new flapper in place over the overflow tube, reconnect the chain, and turn the water supply back on.