One in five toilets has a leak.

While that number may surprise you, the fact of the matter is that new leaks are constantly occurring—and your tenants won’t always know that they are.

Couple this with the fact that water costs have increased by 200% over the past 15 years and you have a problem you can’t afford to ignore.

As that water sneaks out, so do your chances of saving money in utilities.

The EPA estimates “a toilet alone can use 27 percent” of your average water consumption per day. And that’s when it’s working correctly.

A leaking toilet can lead to thousand of lost gallons every month, making identification vital.

How Leaks Start

The cause of most leaks lies in the factory parts of the toilet. As a toilet gets older, the cheap rubber parts inside will wear down, limiting their functionality.

The most common problem parts are:

  • Damaged seals,
  • Gaps from the flush valve,
  • Flush valves with small cuts, and
  • Fill valves that remain open.

All of these parts are affordable when replaced on a single toilet and can be done immediately to avoid leaks altogether. 

The Unwanted Costs

Running toilets can have different speeds at which they cost you money. A slow leak can waste 30 gallons a day while keeping you oblivious to the problem. A medium leak, on the other hand, is more noticeable and will go through roughly 250 gallons and $3.00 a day.

The worst case is a large leak, where your toilet operates a constant flow of water, spending up to 4,000 gallons and adding a potential $40 to your bill every day