Check For Toilet Leaks With This Unexpected Beverage

We've all been there: your toilet is making random noises, becomes hard to flush, or runs constantly. You may even hear a relentless dripping sound all day and night. These are all signs of a potential leakage. If you've experienced any of these issues with your toilet, it's wise to investigate as soon as you suspect them. These leaks can spike up your water bill and waste water. Luckily, you can easily check your toilet for leaks with nothing more than a pack of Kool-Aid. This inexpensive drink mix can save you both time and energy while processing this troublesome situation.

If you do find the source of your leak but need to call a plumber for assistance, this simple DIY bathroom diagnostic tool can help expedite the process. This means that you'll assist your plumber with pinpointing the source of the leak for quick repairs. Here's how this common beverage packet gets the job done.

Check the color of your water

Begin by removing the lid from your toilet tank. Next, open a packet of dark-colored Kool-Aid and pour it directly into the standing water. Wait about half an hour — without flushing your toilet, and check to see if the water in the bowl has changed colors. If it has, it's a clear indication that you have a leak. You could have a faulty flush valve,  or your alignment fill valve may be the issue. Both can be easily fixed, making this the ultimate DIY task. Either way, it's important to figure out the cause of your leak before it turns into a larger issue or continues to waste water.

To  pinpoint the source of your toilet leak, just grab a pencil. Draw a line showing where your water line comes to in your toilet tank. Next, shut your water off and leave it off for half an hour. Check back, and if your water is below your pencil mark, you most likely have a faulty flush valve. If your tank still has the same amount of water, you need to check your alignment fill valve. It connects to your water supply line and wears with use. Your fill valve may also be too high, but this test should help you determine your toilet's leak.