In order to find and diagnose common household leaks, Frannie invented a fun, new game called Water Leak Detectives! You and your troop can play this game together, or you can play it at home by yourself with the help of a parent or guardian.
In Water Leak Detectives, you will play the role of the detective on search for water leaks! A successful detective will need the following items:
- Writing Utensil
- Food Coloring
|Frannie is ready to be a Water Leak Detective!|
|Frannie's water meter is in her basement by the water heater. |
It's dark down there, so she needed a flashlight
to read the numbers on the meter.
If your water meter didn't change during that hour - congratulations! Your household is leak-free. However, if the number changed even a small amount, you have a leak somewhere in the house that needs to be repaired. Now you need to continue using your detective skills to find that leak!
Toilets are often the culprit of unseen leaks. To check to see if a toilet has a leak, Frannie recommends placing one drop of food coloring in the toilet tank and waiting 15 minutes to see if any of the color shows up in the toilet bowl. If color shows up in the bowl - you have found a leak! Make sure to flush the toilet right away after this experiment to prevent any staining to the toilet.
|Frannie used green food coloring to check for a toilet leak.|
Thankfully, there was no leak!
|Frannie checked under all of her sinks for a sign of a leak.|
- Water Heater Tanks
- Washing Machines
- All Outdoor Faucets/Garden Hoses
If you still haven't found the leak, not to worry! Even good detectives need help sometimes. Frannie recommends having an adult call an expert plumber to help you diagnose the leak.
And, of course, once you find the leak it is important to tell an adult about the leak so that they can fix it or bring in an expert to fix the leak!
Happy sleuthing, Water Leak Detectives!
Want to share your detective experience? Tell Frannie about it here.