Common Leaks


Do you:

  • Jiggle the handle to stop toilet from running?
  • Hear toilet hiss or refill on its own?

To detect silent, less noticeable toilet leaks:

  • Place a leak indicator tablet or colored liquid in toilet tank (do not flush).
  • After several minutes, if any color appears in the bowl, you have a leak.


  • Place an empty container under the faucet (do not turn it on).
  • After 30 minutes, if water is in container, you have a leak.

Hot Water Tank

Check the following areas for moisture or drips:

  • Top of tank
  • Pressure relief valve
  • Drain valve
  • Discharge pipe
  • Pipes located in the walls, slab, or underground

These leaks are often difficult to identify and may require a professional plumber.

What If I Have a Leak?

If the leak is located before the meter, the city is responsible for the repair. This leak will not affect your consumption as it is not running through the meter.

If the leak is located after the meter, the homeowner is responsible for the repair. Sometimes, a simple repair can stop a costly leak.