Water Leaks

If you repair leaks and maintain your fixtures, you can help to conserve water in McLennan. We can all make a difference.  Most leaks are easy to
find and to fix, at very little cost.

One leaky toilet can fill 28 bathtubs per month. Each day, leaky toilets in homes waste enormous amounts of our water. Research shows that leaks can make up over 10% of the average water used in a single family home. The most common culprits are leaking toilets and faucets. In fact, one in four toilets is silently leaking. It could be costing you a hundred dollars a year.

Toilets are notorious for their hidden leaks.  To test your toilet for leaks
follow these easy steps:

  • Put Several drops of food coloring into the toilet tank.
  • Wait a few minutes.
  • If the water inside the toilet bowl changes color, you have a leak.

Repair or replace your leaky toilet. Toilet leaks are often due to a flush valve
or flapper valve.   Faucet leaks are another common one.  Leaking faucets are often caused by a worn out washer. 

Other things to check in your home for water leaks are humidifiers, ice makers, hot water heater and water softeners.

Did you know that you can also use your water meter to find leaks in your home?

The new meters have many features that the old meters never had.  The new meters have a leak status feature, which is able to detect if there is a slow water leak or something constantly leaking.

Locate your water meter and shine a light on the solar cell of the meter, and on the top left hand corner of the numbers an intermittent leak you will be indicated by a flashing water tap dripping, if the picture of the tap is on continuously you have a continuous leak, and if there is no picture of a faucet there are no leaks.

How often should you check for leaks?

It is recommended that you check your home for
leaks twice a year.

Be aware that time-released toilet bowl cleaners that sit in your tank (rather than flush-released ones) can speed up the deterioration of parts in your toilet and cause leaks. If you use these products, you should check your toilet for leaks more frequently. In the spring, don't forget to check your outside taps for leaks too.