Posts Tagged ‘leak’
You might think this is a stupid question. Of course you are smarter than a toilet. But pause for a moment: a lot of people thought they were smarter than fifth graders, too. You might not fare as well as you might guess in a head-to-head battle with your toilet. (Okay, sorry. ‘Head to head’ is a bad term to use here!)
I thought I was smarter than my toilet, too. Instead, my toilet has won a number of battles this year. It started with the Nashville flood last May. Though my toilet didn’t experience flood problems, my lower floor did. In an effort to fix the problem we tried to duplicate the flood (I know, crazy idea.) So we ran a LOT of water under our house. But it worked, we figured out the problem and fixed it. Sadly, our toilet got in on the game . . .
When our water bill was high, we didn’t think anything of it – we’d been running a ton of water under the house. The next month the bill was high again. But we’d run the water several times, so maybe we straddled the water bill dates? Putting some of the water use on one bill and some on the next? . . . But the next month the bill was very high again! There was no excess that time. What was going on?
We checked our overall usage. The water-nazi in our house asked if we had been taking longer showers or brushing our teeth about twenty times as often as before. No, the children didn’t suddenly smell better and no one had nubs instead of teeth. New tack, water-nazi!