October 1, 2008

Save Hundreds at the Tank

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif., Oct. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- With the price at the pump on the rise, it may be difficult to imagine a tank that can actually help you save. Well, think toilet tank. When compared to all the other uses of water in the home, a leaky toilet can be a major culprit, wasting hundreds of gallons of water a day if not functioning properly. Depending on the severity of the leak and water rates in the area, a leaky toilet can add $100 or more per year onto a homeowner's water bill (1). Repairing or replacing a leaky toilet can be one of the first and simplest steps a person can take to conserve water, save money and protect the environment.

In October, during the 31 days of National Toilet Repair Month, Fluidmaster, a pioneer in water conscious toilet repair and replacement parts for the past 50 years, challenges homeowners to lift the lid, check for leaks and fix or replace a faulty toilet or part.

"Being conscious of your water usage and water waste has never been more important, especially during a time when so many areas are experiencing drought conditions," states Greg Wisner, market research manager for Fluidmaster. "The water waste from just one leaky toilet, over the course of a year, could potentially fill a backyard swimming pool."

The signs that a toilet needs repair are noisy and obvious. Leaks can sound as though water is running inside the tank and can cause the toilet to turn on and off without being flushed. With half a century of experience and millions of products manufactured annually, Fluidmaster has engineered an easy-to-install fill valve that saves water by automatically detecting a leak.

Fill valves are located inside the toilet tank and are responsible for refilling the toilet after the toilet tank has been emptied by a flush. By installing the Fluidmaster Leak Sentry(TM) or Leak Guard(TM) Fill Valve found at local home centers and hardware stores, homeowners can prevent the automatic refill of a leaky toilet tank. The unique locking device of these fill valves will not let the tank refill unless the toilet has been flushed. If the tank is losing water, perhaps because of a leak at the flapper, the decreasing water level will not trigger the fill valve to turn on and replenish the water. However, the toilet remains operational but forces the users to press the flush lever twice: once to unlock the mechanism to refill the tank, and a second time to initiate the flush. The action of having to press the handle twice notifies the user of the leak, preventing the loss of numerous gallons of water.

"Even with today's more efficient toilets, a leaky toilet, no matter how much water is used per flush, is still wasteful," states Wisner. "Fixing a leaky toilet is much more affordable than continuing to pay for the water wasted. We hope all homeowners will do their part to start conserving water with something as simple and affordable as installing the Leak Sentry or Leak Guard Fill Valve."

For more tips and facts on water conservation starting with your toilet tank, visit http://www.fluidmaster.com/waterconservation.

   (1)  Based on national average costs of $0.005/gallon multiplied by a        potential loss of 200 gallons per day.        (http://www.sfr.cas.psu.edu/water)  


CONTACT: Gaelen Bell, +1-312-946-6089, [email protected], forFluidmaster

Web site: http://www.fluidmaster.com/waterconservation