High volume water leaks often come from toilets. They are hard to detect and are usually caused by worn or misaligned parts. A toilet that continues to run after flushing could be wasting 20-40 liters of water per hour meaning 175,000 to 350,000 liters per year! Enough water to fill a swimming pool, and if unattended, could cost hundreds of $ per year. Leaking faucets and shower-heads are also big water wasters and worn washers are the most likely the cause of leaks in these fixtures.
Repairing leaky faucets is usually a straightforward and inexpensive job, but well worthwhile because a little drip can waste significant water and money.To check for a toilet leak, use a dye tablet or food coloring. Carefully remove the toilet tank lid. Place a dye tablet or food coloring in the tank and wait about 15 minutes without flushing. After 15 minutes, check the water in your toilet bowl. If the water is colored, you have a leak.
An intermittent drip from your faucet or shower-head can waste more than 35,000 liters of water a year! costing up to $100.This amount of wasted water could fill a bathtub 184 times! A leaking service line or pipe in your home can also add up to serious waste. A small hole in a pipe wastes 280,000 liters of water in a three-month period. Continual leaking from this size hole could cost you about $2400 in a year.
The best way to check for overall leaks is to use your water meter. Turn off all your water using fixtures and appliances. Take a look at your water meter. If the dial is still running, you have a leak.
Think you have a leak? Play detective to find the source. The most likely culprits are toilets, faucets, shower-heads, service lines and sprinkler systems.