To locate a leak, first check all faucets and showerheads to ensure that
they are not leaking and be sure to include any outside taps. If no leak
is discovered, check under counter tops and sinks to see if there is any
moisture and inspect all fittings and valves. Most leaky faucets can be fixed
inexpensively by replacing worn washers.
Next, check your toilets for leaks. It is not uncommon to find toilets leaking
much more water than the average 22 gallons. Silent toilet leaks can
account for up to 300 gallons a day of lost water without anybody noticing
the leakage. This size of leak is extremely costly and should be repaired
Another method of checking for toilet leaks is to place dye tablets or 15
drops of food coloring in the toilet tank. Wait fifteen to twenty minutes
and check the toilet bowl. If there is a color in the bowl, you have a leak
from the tank to the bowl. This is fairly common and usually indicates a
worn flapper valve, which is inexpensive to repair. Another common leak
in a toilet can be water running into the overflow tube. Remember when in
doubt, check with a professional plumber.
Next check your washing machine, dishwasher, hot water tank, refrigerator
and any other water using devices for leaks. Look around the floor for moist
areas and check all water connecting valves and fittings. It is advised to hire
a professional plumber.
At the request of the property owner the City of Union has a leak detector
that can be placed on the meter, which employees use to determine if
water is passing through the meter. This is a $10 charge. If a customer has
shutoff valves they can use them in the event of a leak to isolate the area
where the leak is. Not all water leaks surface and some take some time to
surface depending on multiple things like soil conditions location of the leak
and pipe type.
The City of Union is in the process of purchasing three water monitor
systems that will allow customers to track their water usage if they have a
new radio read meter installed. We are currently in year three of a seven
year meter replacement program. Once complete it is our goal to read the
meters on a monthly base including the winter months.