Water Leak Detection

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:

  • Wet spots in landscaped areas and/or water pooling on the ground surface
  • An area that is green, moldy, soft, or mossy surrounded by drier conditions
  • A notable drop in water pressure/flow volume
  • A sudden problem with rusty water or dirt or air in the water supply
  • An irrigated area that is brown, dead, or dying when it used to be thriving. This happens when the water pressure is too low for sprinkler heads to pop up properly
  • Heaving or cracking of paved areas
  • Sink holes or potholes
  • Uneven floor grade or leaning of a structure
  • Unexplained increase in water use on your bill
  • Consistently high water use
  • Water use that has been climbing at a steady rate for several billing cycles