Toilets are the #1 cause of indoor leaks. Find out most of what you need to know about toilet leaks and how to fix them from the experts at Fluidmaster.
Where do I start?
Did you know that household leaks can waste nearly 1 trillion gallons of water annually nationwide? SMWD has declared a Stage 2 (of 6) water conservation status per Ordinance 2021-05-05. This means that customers are required to fix leaks within 48 hours. Here's what you can do:
Just like a car odometer measures miles, the meter tracks how much water you use. It can assist you in finding plumbing leaks, as well as provide information about how much water you have recently used. One full rotation of the red sweep hand is 1 cubic foot, or 7.48 gallons. SMWD bills customers in increments of 100 cubic feet (CCF). So 1 billing unit (1 CCF) equals 748 gallons. The meter to the right reads 4 CCF.
You can track your meter reads daily or weekly to monitor your water use. Perform your own leak check with the SMWD DIY Leak Check Guide!
Flow Monitor Devices are another way to track your home water use in real-time. The devices report your home's water use directly to you. Leak alerts and water use charts can assist prevent high bills and keep you in charge of your water use. Rebates are available for qualifying models. Click here to find rebates.
Resources to Troubleshoot and Repair
TOILETS – The #1 Cause of Indoor Leaks
A leaking toilet can be silent and will not show any signs of water on the floor. Basically, water from the supply line to the toilet is entering the tank, then the bowl, when the bowl fills up it then spills down the drain; like when the toilet is flushed. A running toilet is sending water straight down the drain with no mess for you to clean up. These are the leaks that we are trying to catch! They are a waste of your money and our communities precious domestic water.
CHECK YOUR TOILETS WITH A DYE TEST:
Yes! A running toilet is a leak and can waste hundreds of gallons per day.
After you perform the dye test and it appears that you do have a leak. Try these next steps:
✔ Check to see if the toilet flapper falls down and seals completely. Rubber flappers degrade over time. The flapper may be in need of replacement or a simple cleaning.
✔ If you notice that water is flowing into the overflow tube, you have an overflow leak. Adjust/lower the fill valve (or float) in order to lower the water line within the tank. The water line should always sit below the top entrance of the overflow tube.
✔ Make any necessary adjustments/repairs to the flapper or fill valve.
If you need to troubleshoot a toilet leak or repair try connecting with local
The pressure regulating valve (PRV) is a bell-shaped device located on the main water supply line before it enters the home. PRV's regulate the stress from water pressure inside the pipes of the home to keep appliances and the overall plumbing system safe.
Note: Water pressure over 80 pounds per square inch (PSI) can void some appliance warranties.
IRRIGATION & SPRINKLERS
The average single family residence uses 50% of water outdoors in the landscape. Learn more about how to water your landscape efficiently with our Watering Guide at SMWD.com/WATERING
Irrigation leaks are often episodic and occur only when the system turns on. On average each sprinkler head distributes between 1 – 4 gallons per minute. Excessive run times and broken heads can cause exponential increases in water use.
Learn how to run your sprinkler timer manually to conduct a leak check or adjust run times with the seasons here.