How to Detect a Water Leak

How to Find a Water LeakEven small water leaks can waste a lot of water. So, one of the best things you can do to save water is to make sure your home does not have any water leaks. Read on to learn how to find a water leak in your home.

Shut Off Water

Turn off each and every water faucet and any other source of running water in your home.  Make sure to check the faucets inside and outside to be certain they are completely off.

Heads Up

Let everyone in your family know that you are checking for water leaks. Ask them to avoid using water for the next 30 minutes.

Use Your Water Meter

Then, turn off water at the street and check your usage at the meter.  Wait 30 minutes and check your usage at the meter again.  Eureka!  If your usage has changed at all, you have found a leak that is probably worth fixing.

Worth the Effort

The United States Environmental Protection Agency reports that a faucet that leaks a drop a second will waste over 3,000 gallons of water per year. If you learn how to detect a water leak in your home, and make it a habit to fix water leaks right away, you can keep from wasting an enormous amount of water.

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