Toilet water bill?

Adly812
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I have a faulty toilet valve causing problems with water rising in my cistern then overfilling and trickling out into the overflow and into the pan...how significantly is the water bill impacted. #worrier
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  • London50
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    I would think only to a very small amount, if you are that worried about the water cost just adjust the float in your cistern so the water shuts off and is not wasted:0)
  • Adly812
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    I'm trying but something is causing the inlet valve to malfunction. And it's a work in progress trying to figure out what lol. I the meantime bit concerned on my water loss
  • PasturesNew
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    edited 6 May 2017 at 7:49PM
    If the loo's fairly new, then you might find there's a "little screw" in the water-in pipe outside of the cistern... that you can turn and turn the water off.... if you've got that, then flush the loo, wait for the cistern to refill, then turn the water off with the little screw until next time.

    A constant dribble COULD be costing you £1-2/day ... but that's a pure guess. But it's certainly not "50p/month extra"
  • victor2
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    Can you read your water meter?
    I so, take a reading and take another an hour later with no water having been used (apart from the overflowing toilet). You should then be able to work out how much water has been used, and from that work out the cost per day etc.

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  • London50
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    Possible that the washer in the inlet valve is stuck or has some grit in it therefore stopping the valve to shut off totally.
    I would try turning off the water, disconnect the whole unit to see if that is the problem {if it is the washer} just reverse it or take it to a local Wickes/B&Q and get it replaced.
    For myself and no I am not a plumber I would say the strip down/clean and rebuild would take about 30 mins plus/minus any trip to the shops. :0)
  • Adly812
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    I replaced the ininlet valve just last Sunday... And weird- I turned off the mains water supply.. Returned home and somehow.. The cistern had filled and the inlet valve malfunctioned causing the overspill.. Even with the mains supply off? So confused..
  • London50
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    Not possible if the mains water was turned off unless you have a cold water tank {therefore a low pressure cistern} or the mains stopc0ck was not fully off {that I find unlikely else you would have water running when you removed inlet valve.}
    If you do have a cold water tank there should be a gate valve to stop any water coming from it when it is closed.
    Other than that if all else fails call a plumber ;0)
  • Adly812
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    If I turn off the mains supply - no water comes through from the taps? Therefore I assumed it was off? But on my combo boiler I have a hot tap icon/ cold/ heating gas icon ... Therefore could it be due to having a cold water tank ?? And the fact I was away a few days the small pressure caused the cistern to overfill ?? Perhaps I should turn the boiler off at the wall? As I left the switch on, but it's not currently running it heating or doing anything ??
  • London50
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    Your combi boiler should not have any bearing on your cistern as that is just for your heating and hot water. I was thinking more of a cold water cistern in a loft/airing cupboard supping cold water to your bathroom sink/bath and your toilet.
  • Adly812
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    Not that I'm aware ? Would you suggest Isolating the toilet snd switching off the touket supply water as well as the mains to see if that helps? I have a screw type shut off valve that needs turned with a flat screw driver so the line faces horizontal not vertical - do I twist this right or left to shut off water at toilet? Thank you in advance
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