Video Transcript: How to Test your toilet for leaks and save money on that water bill.

In this video, we’re going to test for a toilet bowl leak using food coloring. And then we’re going to repair a Mansfield, flapper-less flush valve.

Let’s check for a leak in my toilet. What I have here is just some regular food coloring. We’re gonna give a good little injection a little blast down into the reservoir. You can see the color in the water. Alright it’s been about a minute and I’m already starting to see some red infiltrate into the bowl. So I definitely have a leak in additional. Five minutes has passed and the leak is more evident now. Alright so have the water shut off when I drained the bowl. I have a Mansfield toilet and then purchased a Manfield flush valve water.

Let’s take this puppy apart alright with this particular type of flush valve. Let’s say you can just unscrew the top and lift it apart. Hmm just has some obvious defect in it here. Let’s do catch that defect right there so it’s all smooth get right. There would have a rough spot. I’m better off replacing this let’s try it. Anyways let’s take the new install it. In his groove reattach that and turn the water back on [Applause]. All right let’s repeat the test this time in green – that’s what we’re trying to do. We’re trying to be green give it a good healthy injection of green and we’ll wait and see what happens.

Back to toilet cam obviously the leak is still happening so I’m gonna have to replace the the whole way it’s called valve stem. So unfortunately the hardware store doesn’t carry the specific a flush valve that I need. So I’m gonna try to repair this one and I was digging through my box of sandpaper. The smoothest thing I have is a 220 so I’m gonna go with that. So got my sandpaper, got my valve we’re just gonna give a few little test runs real quick.

Do this on a flat surface. We’re gonna take a look-see don’t feel too rough that might work. Think that work. All right sorry sanded and sanded I’m a final sanding. I did motion where I spun it in a circle just it’s not gonna be perfectly smooth. But at least it’ll the lines of the same paper wool lab might be you know not cause leaks. Let’s install this and give a shot. All right let’s try blue this time. All right this has been a ten minute test and you can see only a tiny little bit of blue has leaked in. So the leak is substantially improved but my little sanding job didn’t completely fix it. But it is much better so I don’t know if I want to live with this.

If I won’t live of this I’m not going to a plumbing supply and trying to find the right. The right part so I have a Mansfield allure toilet and not all Mansfield’s have these these flapper-less flush valves through. You know making this video and Google and stuff it looks like there’s primarily three types of flapper-less flush valve. Valve that is used so there’s a 10 inch to 12 inch and then the the dual flush valve tower style so hopefully this is helpful to you and will clear up any confusion. You might have about these flapper-less flush valves thank you!

Some Frequently Asked Questions

There are some simple steps you can take to test a toilet for leaks. One way you can check your toilet for leaks is to open the toilet tank, drop a dye tablet or some food coloring in, and wait 15 to 20 minutes. When you return, look in the toilet bowl, not the tank. If you see colored water, then you have a leak.
Potential Causes of High Water Bills
  • Running and Leaking Toilets. Your toilet may be your greatest enemy when it comes to a high water bill. …
  • Leaking Faucets. Leaking toilets aren’t the only cause of big bills. …
  • Underground Leaks. …
  • Seasonal or Occasional Increases in Consumption. …
  • Changes in Pricing. …
  • Broken Metres.

No. 1 Cause of a High Water Bill and How to Fix a Running Toilet. A high water bill in Sacramento can be due to a running toilet that needs repair. One of the worst culprits for wasting water in your home or business, a toilet with minor leaks, can add an additional $1,000 a year to your water bill.

Replacing a wax ring, also referred to as a wax seal, will run between $50 and $200, including labor and materials. While the ring itself is inexpensive at $2 to $10, replacing it takes time and expertise. The closest flange may also need replacing, which can increase total project price.

  1. Rule Out Leaks or Plumbing Problems. A leak can cause your water usage to jump. …
  2. Review Monthly Usage. A jump in your water bill may reflect actual changes in usage. …
  3. Request Meter Checks. …
  4. Make a Good Faith Payment. …
  5. Request Outside Help.


If your home has one faucet leaking at a (very typical) rate of ten drips per minute, that one faucet is wasting three liters of water per day. That’s 90 liters per month and 347 gallons of water per year. Let’s say you have a leaky faucet and two leaky shower heads. … Learn how to fix a leaking faucet here.

The most common cause for a high water bill is running water from your toilet. … That can double a familyss typical water use, so fix toilet leaks as soon as possible. Some leaks are easy to find, such as a dripping faucet or running toilet. You can usually hear a running toilet, but not always.

Check the toilet flapper for decay or cracks

Here’s the most common cause of a running toilet. … Once enough water exits the tank, the flapper drops back down, re-sealing the tank. However, if the flapper (or the valve seal) is cracked, water will keep seeping into your toilet bowl, causing it to run constantly.

Stop Water Damage by Fixing a Running Toilet. A running toilet can do more than make an annoying sound; it can lead to water damage if left alone long enough. … A leaking toilet wastes a great deal of water and runs up your utility bill. It has a greater chance of overflowing and causing a water leak.

Homeowners pay an average of $220 to fix a broken toilet. Project costs typically range from $140 and $302. In some cases, a professional plumber will charge a flat rate for a project. Depending on location, a pro might charge anywhere from $45 to $150 per hour for their services.

*The information above does not constitute legal advice or opinion, nor is it a substitute for the professional judgment of a qualified attorney.