Water leaks can be expensive. You can check for leaks to avoid surprises on your water bill. You'll save money. Bonus: you'll save water, too!
You might need to hire a professional to find and repair a leak. If your leak is severe you might want to turn the water off to prevent damage. Call 311 or 616-456-3000, and we'll help you through that process.
Think you have a leak? Take a look at these common leak types:
Place a few drops of food coloring into the tank after it has filled and quieted, then watch for color to appear in the toilet bowl. If there is a leak, then color should appear within 15-30 minutes. Two common leak sites are at the overflow pipe and the flapper valve. It's usually a cheap fix, but if you aren't comfortable doing the work yourself, you may want to contact a licensed plumber.
Check faucets for leaks at the faucet head and seepage at the base and its connections. A leaking faucet is often the result of a bad rubber washer. If you do not feel comfortable making repairs yourself, you may want to contact a licensed plumber.
It's important to know that the underground service line is the property owner's responsibility. Leaks in underground plumbing can be caused by many different factors but here are a few signs to look for:
Has your water and sewer bill gone up recently? In some cases, we can credit your account if you have a leak.
Request a Water Leak Credit
Take a look at the additional resources from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and State of Michigan.
Detect & Chase Down Leaks Checklist(PDF, 2MB)
Clean Water Public Advocate Video