Water Leaks and Detection
Water leaks are something that can either gradually get worse, or happen all at once. Studies show that dripping faucets and leaking toilets along account for as much as 14% of all indoor water use, equivalent to 10 gallons per person of water lost per day.
Below are some practices MCUS customers can do to catch potential water leaks early.
Check Your Water Reading on your MCUS Bill
In addition to the numerical reading each month, your MCUS bill will have a graph illustrating the water usage at your service address over the past several months.
Check for Running Toilets
The most common source of leaks is the toilet. Check toilets for leaks by placing a few drops of food coloring in the tank. If after 15 minutes the dye shows up in the bowl, the tank has a leak; Leaky toilets can usually be repaired inexpensively by replacing the flapper mechanism.
Check for Leaky Faucets
The next place to check for leaks is your sink and bathtub faucets. Dripping faucets can usually be repaired by replacing the rubber O-ring or washer inside the valve.
Request a Leak Check
If you find that none of your toilets, sinks or faucets are leaking, you may wish to have someone from the water department meet you at your house to check for a leak. Water works personnel do not come inside your home unless the water meter is located inside. We do request that someone be home to make sure that there is no water being used (washing machine, dishwasher, etc). If you would like to set up an appointment for a leak check, please contact M.C.U.S. at 762-2583. Water works personnel are available for leak checks from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and this is a free service we offer to our customers.
**IF YOU HAVE AN EMERGENCY AFTER-HOURS AND ON WEEKENDS AND NEED THE WATER SERVICE SHUT OFF FOR REPAIRS, PLEASE CONTACT THE PIATT COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE, 762.2121.