High water bill sending your paycheck down the toilet? You need help.

Many people focus their energy-saving efforts on purchasing more efficient appliances or cutting back use, but one major problem may be that leaky toilet you have been avoiding every day. A running toilet can waste gallons and gallons of water an hour and quickly send your water bill three or four times over your normal amount. Avoid such a costly mistake by knowing when a problem needs a professional plumber’s assistance. Below are a few signs that your toilet is wasting water.

Flushing takes thought. You should not have to press and hold the handle to flush your toilet.

Do you hear that? If your toilet is making any sounds when not in use then you have a water leak.

Are you a handle jiggler? You should not have to push your toilet’s handle more than once each flush. If you have to jiggle the handle to stop the toilet from running, you have a water leak.

Water running in the bowl. Do you see water running down the interior of your bowl long after you have used your toilet? This is also a leak.

Pooling water around the base. If you see water on your floor around the toilet’s base, you likely have a leak around your wax ring. These leaks can lead to costly water damage, so it may be best to call a professional rather than disassembling your toilet to fix it yourself.

Phantom flusher? We’ve discussed toilets that flush themselves before, but it’s worth reminding you that phantom flushers are toilets with worn or warped seals and need to be fixed as soon as possible. They can waste gallons of water in a day.

Letting these problems go can be a costly mistake. In any case, it will be more economical to hire a professional to fix your problem than continue to pay for higher water bills. So whether you have a big problem or a small plumbing question, call Dauenhauer in Louisville or Lexington for quick and accurate answers. We'll be happy to help you figure out what's really going on, and get your plumbing back in order.