Water Leaks and Detection
Studies show that dripping faucets and leaking toilets account for as much as 14% of all indoor water use, equivalent to 10 gallons (38 liters) per person of water lost per day.
Read Your Water Meter
- Use your water meter to check for leaks in your home.
- Start by turning off all faucets and water-using appliances and make sure no one uses water during the testing period.
- Take a reading on your water meter, wait for about 30 minutes, and then take a second reading. If the dial has moved, you have a leak.
Check for Leaky Toilets
- The most common source of leaks is the toilet. Check toilets for leaks by placing a few drops of food coloring in the tank.
- If after 15 minutes the dye shows up in the bowl, the toilet has a leak.
- Leaky toilets can usually be repaired inexpensively by replacing the flapper.
Check for Leaky Faucets
- The next place to check for leaks is your sink and bathtub faucets.
- Dripping faucets can usually be repaired by replacing the rubber O-ring or washer inside the valve.