How can I determine if I have a water leak?
Many water leaks are obvious: dripping faucets, leaking pipes, leaking how water tanks, or stuck relief valves on hot water
tanks and boilers. These leaks should be fixed as soon as possible since even a slow dripping faucet can waste large amounts of water in a very shore time. Concealed leaks in walls or ceilings can be detected by the presence of water or stains on walls or on the floor of the basement. The most common location of water leaks is the toilet.

Defective ball cock valves or poorly fitting seals will allow water to continually flow from the tank into the toilet bowl. Very often this type of leak cannot be noticed by the naked eye. Placing a few drops of food coloring in the toilet tank can help you detect leaks. Let the water sit for several hours without flushing.

If the water in the toilet bowl becomes tinted, the toilet is leaking. If you suspect you have a water leak but are unable to detect it on your own, you can request assistance from the city’s Water Maintenance Department. To schedule a leak inspection appointment, you should call 586-727-7571. There is no charge for this service.

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1. How is the amount of my water and sewer bill determined?
2. How does the city use the money collected from water and sewer charges?
3. What happens if I don’t pay my water or sewer bill in time?
4. How can I determine if I have a water leak?
5. Is it necessary to go to City Hall to sign up for, or discontinue, service?
6. What should I do in case of a water emergency?