do you have a water leak?
Many homes have hidden water leaks, so it is very important to make sure your home is leak free. The easiest way to do this is to locate your water meter and read it. Wait two hours without using any water, and then reread the meter. If the read it now shows is not identical to the one you originally took, there is a leak in your home. To find it, please perform a water audit as follows:

Outside the home…

Leaks at outside spigots and in irrigation systems can easily go unnoticed because of their location. It is important to check your irrigation system and all outside lines frequently to ensure they are functioning properly. On average, 50-70% of a home’s water use is outside, so a leak can easily add up to thousands of gallons of water wasted.

  • Look for leaks at the spigots.
  • Ensure that all sprinkler systems are working properly.
  • Look for standing water around the lines which might indicate a break.

In the bathroom…

  • Check each toilet in your house.
    1. Look around the back of the toilet for leaks on the supply line.
    2. Put a few drops of food coloring in the tank and wait at least 15 minutes to see if the color appears in the bowl. If colored water is in the bowl, there is a leak. Flush the toilet immediately afterwards to prevent staining
  • Check supply lines under the sink for leaks.
    1. Look at each line for weak spots such as bulges in the hose.
    2. Watch the faucet for a minute to see if it drips.
    3. Turn on the faucets to check for leaks while they are in operation.
  • Check the bathtub/showerhead for visual leaks.
    1. Operate the faucet to make sure it functions properly.
    2. With a tub, divert water to the showerhead to check for leaks there, too. When the water is diverted to the showerhead, the water flow should stop from the tub faucet.

In the kitchen and laundry room…

Check all water sources for leaks and weak or broken supply lines, including:

  • Sinks and/or faucets
  • Dishwasher
  • Garbage disposal
  • Ice maker
  • Washing machine

If there is a leak but you are unable to isolate the problem, please call us and request a leak inspection. A meter technician will visit your home and determine if there is excess water use and if so, try to identify the problem area for you.

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