Why Did the Water Department Send Me a Letter?
If your water department is smart, like the Saint Paul Regional Water Services (SPRWS) department or the Minneapolis Water Treatment & Distribution Services, they keep track of your water usage. If you are having higher than normal water usage, they will send you a letter to let you know.
The most obvious culprit is a leaking faucet. If you have a dripping faucet, it is amazing how much extra water is being wasted on a daily basis.
But, the primary culprit is a running toilet. A toilet can turn on and run all day and you likely do not even notice that it is running. When repairing a leaky toilet, there are two parts that a plumber replaces to remedy this problem. The first is the flapper, the water seal between the toilet tank and the toilet bowl. The rubber component on the flapper typically stays good for three to five years under water. After that amount of time the rubber starts to wear out. The second is the part that lets the water into the toilet called the fill valve (or ball cock) in the toilet tank that lets the water into the toilet tank and bowl. If you lift the seat of the toilet tank and you see any movement, such as rippling water in the bowl, that means that water is most likely leaking from the tank into the bowl.
If you are having a problem with a leaking faucet, running toilet or are just looking for a quality plumber in the St. Paul and Minneapolis metro area, give St Paul Pipeworks a call today.
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