Common household leaks can add up fast, costing you money and wasting thousands of gallons of water each year if not fixed quickly. Fortunately, most of these types of leaks can be fixed easily and inexpensively. By regularly checking to make sure your property is leak free, you can save money on your water bill and quick fixes will usually pay for themselves in water savings.
Common Types of Leaks
Toilets – Worn flappers and faulty floats are usually the culprits and sometimes water can be leaking without you even knowing. You can easily test your toilets for leaks by placing a little food coloring in the tank. If any color shows up in your bowl after 10 minutes, you have a leak.
Faucets and Showerheads – Don’t let a dripping faucet fool you. Even small leaks can add up fast. If you let a dripping faucet go, even the smallest leak can add up to over 20,000 gallons of water lost each month. If you see your faucet dripping, get it fixed or replaced as soon as you can, your wallet will thank you.
Irrigation Systems – Broken sprinkler heads are pretty common and sometimes go unnoticed, particularly if your irrigation system is set to run when you’re asleep. Keep an eye out for excessive runoff as an indication of a broken sprinkler head. Also, periodically check your system by turning it on manually to make sure things are working properly.
Pools – Many pools have an automatic refill system that keeps your pool level constant when water is lost to evaporation. These systems can potentially get stuck and you won’t likely notice because the excess water is flowing into your pools overflow outlet. Check your overflow outlet periodically to make sure you’re not losing water and money down the drain.
How to Know if You Have a Leak
The best way to know for sure if you have a leak is to check your water meter. By following a few simple steps you can easily tell if your property has a leak.