It is easy to overlook serious plumbing problems, especially if it is not obvious. While some plumbing issues are simple to fix, others can cause serious damage or financial loss. Our plumbers will help you save time and money by identifying plumbing leaks quickly.


Checking your water meter is the best way to determine if there’s a leak in your system. To find out where your meter is, call your local billing department.

  • You must ensure that there is no water in your home.
  • Find your water meter, and look for the leak indicator. You may have a leak if the dial on your water meter moves.
  • Another option is to take a meter reading, wait for a few hours and then take another reading. You should not use water during this time. If the reading is not consistent, it could indicate a leak.

If there is a leak, you need to identify whether it is located inside or outside your house. Locate the main shutoff for your water supply to find the source of the problem.

This valve is located usually at the base of your commode. This can be found in the basement, or outside of your home.

You should turn off the main valve immediately in case of flooding or other serious emergencies. Most water valves require that you turn the knob clockwise in order to turn off the valve.


A worn rubber washer is most likely to be the reason for a leaking faucet. The washer is located underneath the handle of a sink. This is usually a problem that needs to be fixed.


Even the smallest toilet leak can lead to large amounts of water and money being wasted. You can check if your toilet is leaking by removing the tank lid.

After waiting for 30 minutes, flush the toilet and then check the bowl. Water is not leaking if the color is clear. You have a leak if you can see food coloring in your blow. Most cases will require you to replace the filling mechanism or flapper of your toilet. For professional assistance, contact your Long Beach plumber if you don’t know how to do it.


While some leaks are obvious, others can go unnoticed. For example, wastewater is generally moved by gravity and not under pressure. It is therefore much more difficult to find a wastewater leak. For assistance if you suspect that there is a wastewater leak, contact your Maintenance and Operations department.

Another way to spot leaks is to look for wet, warped, or discoloration stains in your ceilings, floors and walls.