The Surefire Way To Tell If Your Toilet Is Leaking

When your plumbing system has a leak, the effects of it can take a toll on your home.

Leaks can lead to water damage, mold growth, shorter lifespan of the plumbing or fixture, and of course — increased monthly water bills!

How Do I Tell If My Toilet Is Leaking?

If you suspect that your toilet is leaking, here’s a DIY method you can try at home!

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The Food Coloring Technique

The easiest way to tell if your toilet is leaking can be done without the need of a plumber (although we do recommend you call one to repair your leaky toilet). Head into the kitchen and grab a small bottle of food coloring. Yes, we said food coloring!

  • Step 1: Access the tank of the toilet by removing the cover and setting it aside. (Place the tank lid flat on the floor; balancing it on the toilet cover can be too risky.)
  • Step 2: Using your food coloring, squeeze roughly 10 drops of it into the toilet’s water tank. (You can go ahead and place the cover back onto the toilet tank.)
  • Step 3: Leave the bathroom and wait 15 minutes for the food coloring to work its magic!
  • Step 4: Re-enter the bathroom and check the water in the toilet’s bowl. If the water in the bowl changed colors to resemble the food coloring you placed in the tank, then we’re sorry to inform you that you have a leak.
  • Step 5: Take out your phone and dial your local plumber to have them come over and repair this toilet leak. Try to avoid flushing this toilet until your plumber arrives to save the day!

This technique works surprisingly well in order to find out if your toilet tank is leaking. However, your toilet can leak in other areas, like from beneath the base for example.

If you ever suspect a leak or any other type of plumbing problem in your home, call your local plumber immediately. The sooner you have a problem addressed, the sooner it can be repaired, and the less damage your home will receive (not to mention the more money you’ll save by fixing a small problem early on).

Make sure you keep our number stored in your contacts for when you need a reliable plumber!