A faulty toilet can be a nuisance in your home. For this reason, you should be on the lookout for any signs that your toilet is not operating as usual. One of the major problems that you may experience with your toilet is a leakage. A leaking toilet may not only cause further problems with your toilet but may also increase your water bill. Therefore, you need to be watchful to detect any signals that your toilet is leaking.
For this reason, here are a few pointers that you have a leaking toilet.
An Overflow of Water from Your Toilet Bowl or Tank
This is one of the most obvious signs of a water leak problem. Therefore, if you see water dripping from your toilet tank or bowl, even if it's just a small trickle of water over the sides, don't hesitate to call in your plumber. A trickle over the sides of the toilet tank or bowl is usually a sign that the bowl or tank has a crack. In such a case, your solution will be to replace it.
A Running Toilet/Phantom Flushing
Does your toilet make flushing noises when it's not in use? You should have it checked by your plumber because you are likely dealing with a leakage somewhere. In most cases, mysterious flushing sounds from your toilet are an indicator that the leakage is the valve that seals off the toilet tank from the bowl.
A Faulty Handle
A handle that won't function properly is another sign that you might be dealing with a leaking toilet. Problems with handles are evident in two ways. First, if you have to hold down your toilet handle or jiggle it so that flushing noises stop, you might be having a leaking problem. In addition, if you have to jiggle or hold it down but this time to flush your toilet, there might be a leak somewhere.
This problem is usually an indicator of an issue with your flush valve that's causing a leakage. This can be solved by replacing this valve.
A Failed Dye Check/Test
This simply involves dropping of dye tablets or food colouring into your toilet tank. Leave it for a couple of minutes about half an hour or so and make sure the toilet isn't used within this time. Check to see whether the dyed water finds its way into your toilet bowl. If it does, you have a leak. This is because, for a properly functioning toilet, water should be stored in the toilet tank indefinitely.