Charlotte Water

Detecting Leaks


Leaks in your home waste water and cause high bills. 60 drops per minute equates to 192 gallons each month - almost 5 loads of laundry! 

The easiest way to check for leaks is to read your watermeter​, if everything is off in your home and the low flow indicator is spinning, you may have a leak. 

Checking for Faucet Leaks
  1. Turn off the faucet completely and place a glass under the faucet.
  2. Check glass in 15 min., 1 cup = 300 gallons a month.
  3. Check faucet for aerators by placing a finger against water spout.
  4. If you feel a screen, unscrew the aerator for cleaning or replacing.
Checking for Toilet Leaks
  1. Listen to the toilet tanks for a small hissing sound. That could indicate the flapper valve is passing water.
  2. Perform the Dye test, place a few drops of food coloring in the toilet tank. 
  3. After ten minutes, check the water in the bowl for color. If you see color in the bowl, you have a leak. 
Checking for Landscape Leaks
  1. Check for leaks around the hose and sprinkler connection.
  2. Look for standing water on the surface near irrigation system spray heads.
  3. If you see areas of the lawn that are brighter green than others, you may have a leak.