How to Determine If You Have a Leak

Did you know that household leaks can waste more than 10,000 gallons of water each year? That’s more than 270 loads of laundry! As part of Fix a Leak Week, we encourage our customers to check for leaks in their homes to conserve water—and save money.

The most common leaks are easily correctable, even if you aren’t a handyperson; they typically require only a few tools and hardware. First, you need to determine if you’re wasting water, then pinpoint the origin of the leak. Here are some great tips on how to check for leaks in your home:

  • Take a look at your water usage during the winter. If a family of four surpasses 12,000 gallons per month, then there may be a serious leak.
  • Check your water meter before and after a two-hour period when no water is being used. If the meter changes, you probably have a leak.
  • To identify a toilet leak, place a few drops of food coloring in the toilet tank. If any color shows up in the bowl after 15 minutes, you have a leak. Don't forget to flush the coloring down as soon as the test is over to avoid staining the tank.
  • Examine pipe fittings and faucet gaskets for water on the outside of the pipe. If water is evident, there may be leaks on the surface.

It’s important to remember that not all leaks are easy to detect. If you have a leak or think you may have a leak, call bluefrog Plumbing + Drain at 888-490-9850. We’ll help you catch any plumbing problems before they’re emergencies.

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