Plumbing Leaks

How to check for a plumbing leak.

  • Turn all water usage in the home to the off position, including faucets, dishwashers, and washing machines.
  • Note the reading on the water meter.
    • Note: Most meters have a small red or black triangle on the dial that will move even with the smallest leak.
  • Wait ten minutes without using water, then go to the meter to inspect the readings. If the meter has registered water going through the meter, you have a leak.
  • Waiting longer between meter readings may help detect slow or intermittent leaks

A leaking toilet can use a surprising amount of water. To check a toilet leak:

  • Add a dye tablet or food coloring to the water in the tank. (A toilet leak detection kit can be picked up at our office free of charge during regular business hours.)
  • Do not flush
  • Wait a minimum of one hour to see if the colored water appears in the toilet bowl. If it does, there is a leak.
  • Repairing a toilet leak is normally inexpensive and easy to do. Replacement part kits are available at most hardware stores.

If you have a water leak, and your water bill is three times as high as an annual average bill, Powdersville Water allows one leak adjustment per year for each customer.

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