1. Go outside and check meter
With all faucets turned off, open box and check the dial on the meter to see if it is moving to make sure water is not running. If the triangle is not moving you may not have a leak. If the triangle is moving then it’s likely that you have a leak. You can follow a few simple steps and possibly find the leaks yourself.
2. Test toilets for leaks
1. Open the lid and see if you hear any water running or hissing. If you hear water running, go to the bottom of the toilet and turn off the emergency angle stop. Go back out to the meter and see if the meter stops spinning. If it does, you can now determine what is leaking on the toilet with these simple steps.
2. Turn water to the toilet back on and lift the fill valve that’s in the tank that measures and fills the water in the tank. If the water still runs, you need to replace this part. If the water stops but you can still hear water draining or running go to the next step.
3. A terrific way to test your toilets for leaks is to use food coloring, common in most pantries. Remove the tank lid and listen to see if there is any hissing or you notice the water dropping in the tank. If obvious leaks are not apparent, drop 3 drops of food coloring in a full tank of water. DO NOT FLUSH. Wait 10-15 mins and see if the color changes in the bowl of the toilet. If it does, you have a issue. Most common issues are with the toilet flapper. Old or worn-out toilet flappers (e.g., valve seal) can cause leaks. Flappers are inexpensive rubber parts that can build up minerals or decay over time. Replacing them can be a quick and easy fix for your water woes. After you replace the flapper you will need to redo the food coloring method steps to ensure the problem is fixed. If problem persists we recommend you call an AllPro professional plumber!
Tip: Bring the old flapper/fill valve to the hardware store for comparison to make sure you buy a new flapper that fits your toilet model. You can also check the owner's manual, if you have it, or the manufacturer's website for the appropriate replacement part number for the flapper.
3. Check water pressure on the house as well.
High pressure can make parts wear down more quickly and create leaks and issues. You house water pressure is just like high blood pressure. You must control the pressure with a regulator. Most newer house will have these devices by the meter. If your pressure is over 80PSI the state of Texas requires you to regulate the water coming in to your property. One of the most common misconception is the city is required to regulate the water. They do not have to provide you a regulator. A homeowner has to take the initiative to ensure their water pressure is below 80PSI.
4. How to clean your shower head/aerator
Identify a faucet or shower head that has low water pressure or has calcium build up on the fixture. Use pliers or crescent wrench to remove the part from the fixture. Use a rag to protect the finish if you are using pliers with “teeth” on the tool.
Remove the aerator/part and soak in vinegar water solvent to help remove the calcium build up. You can use a soft brush to help remove the debris. Also, if you do not want to remove the shower head/Aerator you can tie a bag of solvent on the end of a shower head and let the product soak the head and help remove the debris.
5. How to remove and clean a PTRAP under a sink.
Have a slow drain? Sometimes it’s only in the PTRAP under you sink. You will need a small empty bucket and a wide wrench or pliers to remove the plastic seals from the “U” bend.
Place bucket under the fixture trap and remove the trap.
CAUTION! THERE WILL BE SOME SMELLY STUFF IN THE "U" BEND SO THIS STEP IS NOT FOR PEOPLE WITH WEAK STOMACHS!
Dump the water into the bucket and take the trap outside and use a water hose to wash out all of the debris. Reconnect all the parts and test for leaks.
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