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Pasadena In Focus
November - December 2010

Leaks Don’t Pay

If you suspect there’s a leak in your home plumbing or irrigation system, it’s important to take action as soon as possible to avoid costly water bills. All plumbing and irrigation lines beyond the curb are the property and responsibility of the homeowner. PWP does not issue credits to customers if there are leaks in these lines.

Take these steps to check for and repair leaks:

Turn off all faucets inside and outside and check your water meter. If it’s still running, you have a leak.

Look in your toilet tank to see if the flapper is not closing properly -- a very common problem. A defective flapper will cause water to continually run through the tank.

Sometimes a leaky flapper in a toilet tank is not easy to spot. Put a leak detection dye tab in the tank periodically; if you see dye color in the toilet bowl, you’ll know the tank hardware needs repair or replacement. A leaky toilet can waste 20 gallons per day or more.

Look for leaks in plumbing under sinks and freestanding tubs as well as at hose bibs, irrigation valves and pool equipment. Tighten all fittings and replace any damaged parts.

Manually run your sprinkler system for 10 to 15 minutes. If there’s a loss of pressure at a sprinkler head and soggy ground nearby, there may be a broken sprinkler underground. Repair the pipe immediately since these leaks are costly and can cause great damage.

If you can’t find the source of any leak, call a licensed plumber for a thorough inspection. The cost to repair the problem will pay off in the long run.