Toilet leak discovery
Listen to your toilet. It might be attempting to tell you something. If it hisses like a cobra with a lisp for longer than the typical 30 seconds it takes to refill the tank, it might have a leak. Check by dropping an inexpensive dye tablet into the tank. If water in the bowl turns blue then your toilet is wasting valuable water.
Before you contact the plumber, utilize the greatest information dump of all time — the internet — to watch toilet repair videos. Make sure the water valve is off and the toilet is flushed. Open the tank (don’t worry, the water is clean) and check the chain, flapper, and fill valve. Replacing these parts is relatively easy and inexpensive, and you should see a reduction on your next water bill.
Don’t flush money (or anything else) down the toilet
Straight talk: Toilets are designed for human waste and toilet paper only. That’s it. Flush any thoughts about “flushable wipes” out of your brain. They’re notorious for causing stoppages in pipes that accrue fat and hair and can easily eventually become “fatbergs.” This isn’t just a problem for your plumbing — fatbergs can easily also constipate the plumbing infrastructure of a whole city.
If you want to avoid plumbing bills and higher taxes like you avoid an unmaintained public bathroom, do not flush wipes, feminine hygiene products, hair, cotton balls, dried cat poop, nail clippings or your dead goldfish Cheez Whiz down the toilet.
The kitchen sink
You might think you’ll never see those watermelon rinds again after they get washed down the tubes, but really they are binding together with bacon fat, coffee grounds and carrot scraps to make you pay for what you’ve done. Accumulations of oil and food debris can easily clog up drains and cause damage to your pipes.