Household Leak Detection & Minimization

Leak Detection Starts with you. 

Did you know that homes lose 2,000 to 20,000 gallons of water per year due to leaks?

When detrimental incidents such as a water leak happens, it is the responsibility of the homeowner to cover the costs for repairs. 

Many types of leaks can occur in a home such as, a dripping faucet or leaking water heater. However, there are other types of leaks in a home that can go unseen. This can waste you thousands of gallons of water each year and cost you a lot of money.

We want to help you by making sure that doesn't happen. Below are a few examples of the most common household leaks and how you can check for them. 

What to know how much water you could be wasting and learn how you could be saving? Use this helpful drip calculator tool

How can you check for water leaks?

Detecting a water leak can be difficult, but we have a few tips and tricks to check all of your household’s appliances, fixtures, or fittings.

Running faucet

House Meter Check 
  1. Make sure no water is being used inside or outside the home. 
  2. Locate your water meter and check to see if the leak indicator is moving 
    • Alternatively, you can also take a meter reading, wait 1 or 2 hours, and take another meter reading (make sure no water is used during this time). If the reading has changed, you have a leak.

Faucets, Showers and Tubs
Faucet leaks are the most common type of leak and usually the easiest to repair. A faucet dripping slowly at only one drop every two seconds can waste more than 1,000 gallons per year. 

There are four basic types of faucets found in most homes:

  • compression valve
  • ball types
  • cartridge types
  • ceramic discs
Each type of faucet has unique methods of repair. With some instruction and guidance, most of these types of repairs can be accomplished by you using basic tools and making minor home repairs. Click to learn about how to repair faucet leak!

Toilets are another common source of leaks in a home. This type of leak usually goes unnoticed because the leaks are often silent and out of view.  Research studies have found 20% to 35% of all residential toilets leak to some degree. A leak can be detected with larger toilets as the valve makes a hissing or gurgling sound when the toilet is not in use.

Here is a video on how you can check for a leaky toilet:

Household Humidifiers
Most homes have forced-air central heating systems or humidifiers. This humidifier is usually attached to the furnace and directly plugged into the water supply in order to provide constant water flowing to the appliance’s water reservoir.

Typically, the humidifier includes an overflow drain to the sewer in case the refill valve fails. When the valve does fail, the water is sent directly into the sewer. This allows a leak to occur for months or years before anyone realizes the water waste. It is important to check the operation of this equipment regularly during the heating season and turn off the water supply to the equipment during seasons of non-use.

Irrigation Leaks/Outside Hose Bibs
There are many ways for an irrigation leak to occur. You could have a broken sprinkler head or pipe, a clogged nozzle, or your sprinklers aren't turning on at all. 

It is always a best practice to check all components and observe your sprinkler system at the start of each year before using it to eliminate leaks and ensure even water coverage of your lawn.

Check out these steps on how to check an irrigation leak here