You just received your latest water bill and it's much higher than normal. You don't see any water leaking anywhere so what's going on? Here are a few things you can check to see if you have a water leak before you schedule to have it professionally located.
Even a small toilet leak can add up to hundreds of gallons over a few weeks. Toilet leaks are very common and are usually caused by a bad flapper. A toilet that intermittently fills its self (even though it's not being used) or a continuous stream of water running inside the bowl is an indicator of a bad flapper. One way to test for a leaky toilet is to remove the tank cover and squirt a little food dye in there. Let is sit for 30 minutes and then check inside the bowl for any color. If you have replaced the flapper and you are still getting a leak then it may be the flush valve seal leaking. This requires that the tank be removed from the bowl to replace.
Sprinkler system leaks are easy to over look especially if you use a drip system. You can check sprinkler heads and drip system outlets for signs of running water. Another good way is to remove the caps from your sprinkler air vacuum breaker and check to see if there is water flowing through them. Locate your sprinkler box and they should be adjacent to it. Also make sure that your sprinkler timer is not set to water for too long. This is a common oversight and is responsible for may high water bill calls.
Under Ground Leak or Slab Leak
Finally your leak may be running unnoticed outside, under the ground or inside, below the slab. Listen carefully near all fixtures inside the house for any sound of water running. Look outside for areas of grass, that are greener or clumps of healthy plants in contrast to the rest of the yard. If you still cannot find the leak then its advised to get it professionally located. Leak locators use sound, gas or temperature sensors to pinpoint a slab leak or underground leak. More information on leak location can be found here.
What else can I do?
The Albuquerque Water Authority provides free water audits for residential and commercial properties. Details are here.
If you still can find the leak or need a leak repaired call us for a free estimate.