Find & Fix Leaks

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Leaks can cause a high water bill, and waste our precious resource, water. Common household leaks, such as toilet, faucet and showerhead leaks, are often easy to repair with a little elbow grease.

Resources for Finding and Fixing Leaks

Being handy around the house doesn't have to be difficult. Common types of leaks found in the home are worn toilet flappers, dripping faucets, and other leaking valves. These types of leaks are often easily correctable, requiring only a few tools and hardware that can pay for themselves in water savings.

How to Check your Toilet for Leaks

Place a few drops of food coloring in your toilet tank, wait 15 minutes, if the bowl changes color you have a leak. If it doesn't, you can rest easy knowing you don't have a leaky toilet. If you do have a leak, fixing it is usually as simple as installing a new flapper and can save you hundreds of gallons of water a year. 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. Santa Rosa Water even offers FREE dye tabs and toilet flappers to help you fix leaks. 


Old and worn faucet washers and gaskets frequently cause leaks in faucets. Many tutorials are available online for how to fix a wide variety of faucets. Here are a couple of examples:


Some leaky showerheads can be fixed by making sure there is a tight connection between the showerhead and the pipe stem and by using pipe tape to secure it. Pipe tape, also called Teflon tape, is available at most hardware stores, is easy to apply, and can help tame unruly leaks. For more complicated valve leaks in showers that drip when not in use, contact an experienced handy person or licensed plumber.

  • Tip: It's also a good idea to check and, if needed, replace the washer or "o" ring inside the showerhead while making this repair.

Discovered a Leak?

If you've already determined you have leaks and you find these step-by-step solutions aren't enough to stop them, it might be time to replace your leaking fixtures. Santa Rosa residents can pickup FREE water-saving devices (faucet aerators, showerheads, hose nozzles, and replacement toilet flappers) Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at 69 Stony Circle, Santa Rosa.

If you consult with a plumbing professional, look for the WaterSense label when considering a new appliances and devices, you could increase your home's water efficiency.

*Source: U.S. EPA

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Replace old fixtures with FREE WaterSmart devices. Santa Rosa residents can pickup FREE water-saving devices Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at 69 Stony Circle, Santa Rosa.

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