Where is that leak coming from? – How to solve this issue

If you are constantly experiencing leaking pipes, there are ways to which you can check to know where the problem lies.

One way is to use your water meter to check for leaks. Checking your water meter is one of the best way so far through which you can determine the location of a leaking pipe.

  • Ensure that you stop the usage of water throughout your house.
  • Get through to the location of your water meter to check the leak indicator if or not it is moving. Leak indicators are either small triangular shaped dial or small silver wheel, which rotates when water flows through it, it all varies depending on the brand you use. If you check your water meter and notice a moving dial, then possibilities are that there is a leak.
  • Another option is to take a meter reading then wait for one or two hours then do same while ensuring no water is in the house. If the reading has changed, you have a leak.

After determining that you leak, the next step is to determine if the leak is inside or outside your home.

To determine this,

  • Locate the main shutoff valve in your home and shut off the water supply to the valve. You will find the shut-off valve in the basement or garage directly behind an outside tap or outside under an outside tap.
  • Again, check the movement of the leak indicator or use the meter reading method. Be careful not to use water during this time. If the leakage indicator shows that there are no changes in the meter readings, then there is a leak in the house. If the leakage indicator continues to move or if there is a change in the meter readings, then the leak is out between the meter and the house.

Leaking toilets

Leaks in the toilet can waste hundreds of gallons of water and are often silent. Even a small leak can waste a lot of water and money over time. Fortunately, most toilet flushes are easy and inexpensive to repair.

To help determine if you have a leaking toilet, remove the lid of the tank then place some drops of food coloring on the back of the toilet tank. (If you do not have food coloring, you can buy dye tabs from any source material or center).

Wait about 30 minutes, without rinsing, then look into the toilet bowl to see if a color has crossed. If the water is clean, there is no leak. If you see dyes in the container, there is a leak.

In most cases, you will only need to replace the toilet lid and the filling mechanism. These are available at hardware stores or home centers for around $ 8.00 each.

Leak in the flap valve

Most toilets with a working valve or poor seal are more likely to have leakage. The valve is the rubber valve at the bottom of the tank that rises when the toilet flushes. If the valve is worn or cracked, it allows water to flow continuously from the reservoir into the toilet bowl without rinsing.

Problems with rinsing

If the handle must be shaken to prevent the toilet from sinking, the bar and the chain (or the handle itself) may adhere. The nut that secures the rinsing in the toilet tank should be adjusted, and if necessary replace the handle.

Visual and Meter Detection of underground leaks


  • Look (and smell) the parts of your property that are still wet.
  • Look at your entrance, curb or street to see if there is evidence of water flow. The test may not be a continuous flow of water; it can be just a puddle that never dries or a darker stain (like when you spill water on dry concrete).

Meter Reading

  • Look at your water meter and observe the meter reading. Do not run the water for a few hours. Check your meter.
  • If this shows use of water and you have already repaired all other known leaks, you may have an underground leak.

After you have determined that you have a  leak, the next step is to determine if the leak is inside or outside of your house.