How to Check your Home for a Water Leak
Posted by Norman Fong
How do you know if your home has a water leak? The most common method is by getting a HUGE bill. Having encountered that, here are some tips for finding water leaks.
This page has some good tips on finding your water meter, turning off water, and checking toilets for leaks. They key thing is to find your water meter so you can see whether water is being used, and how much has been used.
First turn off all water and see if the meter shows any use.
Check for sprinkler system leaks. To isolate leaks I turned off my sprinkler system’s water and then made sure no water was being used in the house. If use is being shown on the meter, you have a leak in the house. After an hour, I turned on the sprinkler systems water valved and checked the meter to see if it moved at all.
To isolate a sprinkler leak, simply turn off values on zones until you find the culprit.
Days when the sprinkler is on cause our water usage to jump almost 10x, so optimize your sprinkler’s water use and coverage. Fix leaks as they are costing you money and not helping your garden.
Check under all your sinks for leaks. Look for dripping showers or faucets. Fix them
Finding a Toilet Leak
To isolate a toilet leak, put several drops of food coloring in the storage tank, wait 20 minutes and see if any color leaks out into the toilet bowl. Replace the $5 flapper valve if a leak is found. The flapper valve should be replaced every 3-5 years. People have lost hundreds of dollars due to old flapper valves.
Who knows, you might have a small leak that is costing you some money.
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