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How to check for leaks

HOW TO CHECK FOR LEAKS

Toilets

• Remove the tank cover and pour in food coloring, brewed coffee, or other substance to color the water.
• Do not flush the toilet.
• Wait 30 to 45 minutes.
• If the water in the bowl remains clear, no leaks.
• If the water in the bowl becomes discolored, there is a leak.

After the test, flush the toilet to remove the discolored water. Check toilets for leaks often. A warped or cracked flapper is the most common causes of a leaking toilet. Inexpensive toilet leak repair kits are available at home improvement stores.

Faucets

• Check faucets in the bathroom and kitchen periodically.
• Worn washers are most often the cause of dripping faucets.

Use your water meter to detect leaks.

• Make sure no water is being used inside or outside (no washing machine filling, no shower running, no watering outdoors, etc.).
Locate your water meter and carefully lift the top of the meter.
• Find the blue leak detector on the meter dial. If all of your water sources are off and the leak detector is rotating, you have a leak.
 

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