If your water meter is located inside your home, you can look at the meter to help determine if you have a leak. Inside meters are usually located in the basement near the water heater or the main water shut-off valve.
Here’s how to check for a leak:
If your water meter is located outside, please call us. We’re happy to help you determine if you have a leak. We’re available Monday–Friday, 7:30 a.m.–7:00 p.m. and can be reached at 301-206-4001.Note: Friday hours from July 10, 2020 through September 4, 2020 will be 8:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m.
Most toilet leaks are silent. You don’t hear water running and you don’t see water leaking, yet your toilet is constantly using water.
A bad flapper is often the cause of a toilet leak. The seal is no longer tight and the water inside the tank is always filling, meaning your usage will be very high.
An average toilet leak can amount to 200 gallons of water of day or 6,000 gallons per month. A typical family of three experiencing a toilet leak would see an extra $325 on their quarterly bill because of just one leaking toilet!
Follow these steps to check for toilet leaks:
Hose bibbs and outside faucets can also contribute to a high water bill. Make sure they are turned off and not leaking, especially during the warmer months when they are used more often. If you’re leaving home for an extended period of time, it’s a good idea to turn off the water to the outside faucets. You’ll need to locate the valve on the inside of your home. The valve is usually located in the basement on the wall adjacent to the outside faucet.