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October 2nd, 2010

Fix your leaking cistern

Did you know that your bathroom and toilet fixtures make up more than 40% of your water usage per year? If you were to have a leaking cistern you could lose more than 12 L per hour of water and you don’t have to do a lot of math before you realize how much water you lose every single year from poor bathroom fixtures. The good thing is that it’s easy to recognize when a cistern is leaking and even easier to repair it.

One of the ways you can tell if your toilet is constantly leaking is to listen for a noise. After you use a toilet, the next few seconds the toilet should be making a sound which means it’s refilling the water. However, eventually that noise should stop. If the noise continues you probably have a leaking cistern. What causes this leak is a poor connection between your toilet bowl and your holding tank. Another way to see if there is a leak is to open your toilet tank and then drop a few drops of food coloring into it. If you notice that the food coloring is making its way down into the toilet bowl without flushing then that confirms that you have a leak.

Another way that you can save money is by installing a dual button cistern. This option gives you the choice of having a full flush or a half flush depending on what needs to be flushed. For solid wastes a full flush would probably be best, but for everything else a half flush should do just as good a job. It takes a great deal of water to flush down solid objects but only a little bit for other liquids. Installing this option will save you thousands of gallons of water every single year.

Cistern repair is actually quite easy. As long as nothing is wrong with the actual porcelain you should have no trouble in fixing it. Usually why a cistern would leak in the first place would be a poor seal made around the bottom of it. Also if the plunger is not working properly this could cause problems. If you replace the sealing mechanism used to keep the water out of toilet bowl, it should fix your problem. If problems continue to persist you should contact a qualified plumber in your area.

By fixing this problem you’re sure to save a good amount of money every single year. Not only will you save money, but you will also help the environment and keep down energy costs needed to constantly re-clean that water. A leaking cistern is a very common problem and if it is not fixed will cost you an arm and a leg so it is better to fix it sooner rather than later.

To find out more on fixing your leaking cistern contact a local plumber who will be more than happy to help you out with your problem.

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