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How to Test for a Leak

Many homes have small hidden leaks that are easily overlooked until you suddenly realize that your water usage seems high. To test for a leak, follow these easy steps:

  • Turn off of all water-using appliances and fixtures inside and outside your home. Use no water during the test period.
  • Locate the water meter at the front of your property (usually in a concrete box).
  • Check and record the current meter reading.
  • Wait at least 30 minutes, preferably an hour, without using any water inside or outside your home.
  • Check the meter again and compare readings. If the numbers have changed, there may be a leak that needs your attention.

The most common sources of leaks are dripping faucets or leaking/running toilets. A leaky toilet loses water from the tank into the bowl without being flushed. Many of these leaks are silent. To test for toilet leaks:

  • Lift the lid off the toilet tank and put 5 to 10 drops of food coloring into the tank.
  • Wait 5 minutes, then look in the toilet bowl. If you see food coloring in the bowl, you have a leak.

In most cases, replacing the toilet flapper and/or the filling mechanism will correct the problem.

A leaky faucet is often the result of a bad rubber washer. The washer is typically located under the handle and can be easy to repair, if you have the right tools. Check the Internet for instructions on how to repair leaks. Many local home centers also offer good advice. If in doubt about any repair, seek a plumbing professional.

If you find that you do have a leak, contact Clerk/Treasurer Sue Ann Spens to discuss the possibility of a credit on your account.

Contact Info

Sue Ann Spens
Clerk/Treasurer
425-454-8580
Email