Have you ever been drifting off to sleep, only to be woken up by the hissing and gurgling of a running toilet? It might not be very loud, all the way in the bathroom, but once you hear it, you can’t UNHEAR it. A running toilet is more than just an annoying sound, though. Do you have any idea just how much water you’re wasting and how much money you’re flushing down the drain? Creekside Plumbing & Construction is here to explain just how much water and money you waste when you let your toilets run.
The Cost of Running Toilets
Most people don’t see a running toilet as that big of an issue. Sure, the sound is annoying, but that’s all there really is to it, right? Wrong! Did you know that a single running toilet can waste thousands of gallons of water? Your simple, annoying running toilets can add up to $200 a month, and up to $2,000 a year, in extreme cases! Even if your leak and running toilet is minor, it can still cost you an extra $70 a month. That’s still a good chunk of change down the toilet drain.
“Toilets are by far the main source of water use in the home, accounting for nearly 30% of an average home’s indoor water consumption. Older, inefficient toilets that use as much as 6 gallons per flush also happen to be a major source of wasted water in many homes.”
EPA’s WaterSense Program
How many gallons of water does your toilet use each time you flush it? Most people don’t know off the top of their head. If you have a newer model, your toilet only uses 1.6 gallons each flush. Older toilets, though, can use 3, 5, or even 7 gallons. Think about that – 7 gallons of water to flush your toilet. Running toilets can waste a gallon of water every 30 seconds. That’s an insane amount of water going unused and wasted.
If your toilet is running all the time, don’t put it off any longer! Just pick up the phone and call Creekside Plumbing & Construction at (281) 332-7767! We’ll send out one of our highly trained Responsible Master Plumbers to quickly fix the running toilet! Contact us today to schedule an appointment!