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My water bill was very high this month. How do I check the toilets to see if that's the problem and where else can I check? My faucets aren't dripping and my outside faucets aren't leaking. HELP

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Open the tank to your toilet, flush it, then mark the water line. if the water drops then replace your flapper. if you have a ballcock type float it would be good to replace that with a fluidmaster fill valve. if the toilets dont seem to leaking then locate the water meter outside. open the lid and look at it and locate the indicator needle. if there is water running you will see a needle moving and if that is the case than there is a leak. next turn the water shutoff in the house off. look at the meter again and see if there is movement. if it is than your leak is on your service line. if it stops moving than good news no leak on the service line. if you still cannot locate the leak then let me know and i will go on about how to locate a difficult to locate leak.

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