Board holds firm

There are 6 comments on the Nashoba Publishing story from May 21, 2010, titled Board holds firm. In it, Nashoba Publishing reports that:

The Board of Public Works held steadfast to its well-established policy of not granting water and sewer abatements to homeowners with leaky toilets and faucets.

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Since: Mar 10

Montgomery, AL

#1 May 21, 2010
I would recommend to the DPW that they advise in writing those who will be part of the sewer extension project, and periodically water customers, of the significance of leaks as it relates to their water bill.

Leaks will affect your bill. A faucet with even a slow drip can waste almost 3 gallons of water a day. As this article illustrates, toilet leaks are the hardest to visualize as the water is lost directly to the sewer and can increase your bill substantially.

How to know if your toilet leaks?
Sometimes you can hear the toilet running. There are also leaks that are considered silent toilet leaks. Two visual tests that you can do to help you check your toilet for a leak:
1. Dye Test – Flush the toilet and wait 5 minutes for it to refill. Remove the back of the toilet tank cover and put several drops of food coloring to color the tank water. Do not flush the toilet at this point. Check the toilet bowl every 10 minutes for the next 45 minutes. If any colored water gets into the toilet bowl, then you have a leak in the toilet. Flush the remaining colored water through. You need to fix the toilet.
2. Stand tube test – Flush the toilet and wait 5 minutes for it to refill. Remove the back of the toilet tank cover. Sprinkle some powder on the top of the water. If the water level is too high, you will see the powder on top of the water drain down into the stand tube. This is a silent type leak in your toilet. You will need to adjust the water level to ½ inch below the stand tube.
Joes Garage

Pepperell, MA

#2 May 21, 2010
Great stuff, Holly. Do you also do transmissions? We have a '53 DeSoto than mkes a squealing noise when it shifts into high on rainy days. Any ideas?
Christmas Story

Pepperell, MA

#3 May 21, 2010
Holly Seiferth wrote:
...Flush the toilet and wait 5 minutes for it to refill. Remove the back of the toilet tank cover and put several drops of food coloring to color the tank water. Do not flush the toilet at this point. Check the toilet bowl every 10 minutes for the next 45 minutes...
Come on Holly! You're tieing up the bathroom.

Randy
Dont forget

Pepperell, MA

#4 May 21, 2010
Holly, a courteous flush please!
Ask Holly

Pepperell, MA

#5 May 22, 2010
Holly Seiferth wrote:
.. Stand tube test – Flush the toilet and wait 5 minutes for it to refill. Remove the back of the toilet tank cover...
Dear "Ask Holly", I need your advice. I uncovered my stand tube and found it has a constant dribble. My brother-in-law says I need a prescription for penicillan. Is this correct?
flrguru

Babson Park, MA

#6 May 23, 2010
Wow, I can't believe how big a dirt bag you guys are. Has it ever crossed your minds that this is a women. All you can do is make bathroom jokes? And she's the only one who puts her name to what she writes. You cowards should be proud.

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