Fix a Leak

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March 15, 2019

Put a Stop to Household Leaks!  Minor household leaks can waste more than 10,000 gallons of water each year.

Is your toilet running? If so, it’s no joking matter. In the average American household, minor leaks can waste the same amount of water needed to fill a backyard swimming pool. And nationally, that can add up to more than a TRILLION gallons of water wasted each year. When we waste water, we are also wasting the considerable amount of energy used to treat and deliver drinking water to our homes. To help prevent such wastefulness, encourages Hampton Roads residents to check their plumbing fixtures each spring for common household leaks. Get started with your leak detection now!

Finding Common Household Leaks Some leaks will be obvious: a dripping faucet or showerhead, a running toilet. But there could also be silent leaks, particularly in your toilet bowl. To find silent leaks: • Do the Dye Test. Place a few drops of food coloring into the toilet tanks in your home and see if the color appears in the bowl within 15 minutes. If the color leaks, you have a silent toilet leak. Be sure to flush after 15 minutes to avoid staining in your toilet. • Check your meter. Check your water meter before and after a 30-minute period when no water is being used. If the meter does not read exactly the same, you have a silent leak. • Check irrigation systems and hoses. In the spring, inspect irrigation systems and garden hoses for damage caused by winter’s freezing temperatures. • Check your bill. If your winter water usage exceeds 12,000 gallons per month (for a family of four), you may have a serious silent leak.