Fix a Leak Week

 

Phoenix Water joins the nation in celebrating the 7th Annual Fix a Leak Week. Do your part to be Phoenix WaterSmart by finding and fixing leaks that could be draining your budget.  

Household leaks can waste more than 1 trillion gallons of water annually nationwide, so track down those leaks today! 

​Get started today with the Smart Home Water Guide, a user-friendly guide that helps you hunt down your leaks and isolate them.

      

Be a Leak Detective and Save!

The easiest way to be a leak detective is to check your toilets for leaks. A running toilet can be surprisingly silent, but it can lead to a large waste of water over time.

How to Check a Toilet for Leaks

  1. Lift the toilet tank cover.
  2. Place a few drops of food coloring into the tank.
  3. Wait 15 minutes (do not use the toilet).
  4. If the color appears in the bowl, you have a leak!

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 Signs of Leak

​Start with your water meter. Check your water meter before and after a two-hour period when no water is being used. If the meter does not read exactly the same, you probably have a leak.

Use the Smart Home Water Guide. If you think you have a leak somewhere in the house or out in the landscape, this guide will help you isolate the location of the leak.

Pay attention to Your Bill. Your Phoenix City Services Bill can provide you with insight regarding your water use. If you notice a surge in water usage, you could have a leak. 

 

 How to Fix a Leak

Toilet Leaks: A common cause for a toilet leak is an old or worn-out toilet flapper (also known as the valve seal). They are inexpensive and can be easily fixed. Check out this step-by-step video series on how to fix a leaky toilet.

Showerhead Leaks: Some leaky showerheads can be fixed by making sure there is a tight connection between the showerhead and the pipe stem and by using pipe tape to secure it. Pipe tape, also called Teflon tape, is available at most hardware stores, is easy to apply, and can help tame unruly leaks. For more complicated valve leaks in showers that drip when not in use, contact an experienced handyperson or licensed plumber.

Outdoor Leaks: Make sure to check any in-ground irrigation system for leaks each spring before use. You can also hire a landscape professional to inspect it for you.

Replace the Leaky Fixture! If you've followed all the steps and can't fix the leak, it might be time to replace it. Newer products with the WaterSense label not only perform better, but they also use less water. Find a water-efficient product here.