Checking for Leaks


Leaky toilets, faucets, showers and pipes can account for 10% percent of your water bill. Save water and save money by repairing those household leaks.


Did you know that a leaky toilet tank can waste as much as 60 gallons of water a day, or 22,000 gallons a year? To check for a leak:

  1. Put a dozen drops of food coloring in your toilet tank.
  2. If color appears in the bowl within an hour, you've got a leak.
  3. Your flush valve or valve set could be corroded.
  4. Replacement parts are inexpensive and fairly simple to install.
  5. A trickling faucet can waste 19 gallons of water a day, or 7,000 thousand gallons a year. A new 25 cent washer can stop those leaks and it only takes a few minutes to install.
  6. Take a few minutes to check for wet areas around pipes in your basement, underneath sinks and behind the washing machine. Joints can be very susceptible to leaks.
  7. Check outside taps, particularly during the summer sprinkling season when a hose may be mistakenly left dripping. Close those faucets tight every time.

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