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Indoor Leaks

Take 20 minutes to check your home for leaks

According to WaterSense, 10 percent of homes have water leaks that waste 90 gallons or more per day. Taking 20 minutes to check your home for leaks today could save hundreds (up to thousands!) of gallons of water. Here's how:

  1. Use dye tablets or food coloring to test your toilet for leaks. Toilet leaks are often easy to detect, and many toilet leaks can be fixed inexpensively ($5 - $20) without hiring a plumbler.
  2. Check faucets for drips. Leaky faucets are often caused by faulty washers in the faucet on / off handle that prevent your faucet from properly shutting off. Replacing faulty washers is an easy and inexpensive (less than $1) way to recoup water and money savings. 

Other ways to detect household leaks: 

  1. Use your water bill to track your household’s water use. Take a look at your water usage during a colder month, such as January, February, or March. According to WaterSense, if you are using more than 3,000 gallons of water a month, you probably have a leak.  
  2. Use your water meter to detect leaks by checking it before and after a two-hour period when no water is being used. If the meter moves during that time, you probably have a leak. Watch our how-to video to see how to use your water meter to check for leaks.