Finding Plumbing Leaks That Could Turn Out To Be Very Expensive
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Have you noticed that tiny drip in your bathroom sink leaking a drop of water now and then? This tiny leak doesn’t seem like a big deal does it? You’ve probably noticed it only because you’ve found your sink wet after not being used for the whole day.
These little water drips are a bigger problem when you take a closer look at the amount of water that gets wasted because of these tiny leaks. Studies show that the average household may lose up to 20,000 gallons of water per year only because of these minor leaks.
Finding Those Plumbing Leaks That Could Turn Out To Be Very Expensive In The Long Run
The drips you can see, like the ones in your bathroom sink, are easy to find and to fix. However, there are also water drips that aren’t visible at first sight, because they occur in the space behind the walls. These plumbing leaks may go undetected for very long periods of time.
As you probably know already, water is one of the most amazing silent forces on Earth. Leave it alone, and it’s going to find its way. This means water is capable of finding its way through the tiniest cracks and worn out joints.
You should take your homeowner role seriously, and try to detect and fix all water-related problems in their early stages when they are fairly easy to repair.
The most effective method to keep such trouble away from your home is to periodically inspect your plumbing systems for leaks. You can do it for the whole house at once, or check individual areas one at a time.
Whole House Meter Check
If you think you may be dealing with a larger leak, you should start your quest by performing a meter check, as this is the easiest way to detect potential problems. Turn off your water both inside and outside your home, and make sure your automatic sprinklers won’t start during the test. Record the reading of your water meter, wait for 15 minutes, and then read it again. If there’s a difference between the two readings, you can be sure there’s a leak somewhere in your plumbing system.
The water supply line that links your house to the water supply can be found at about 3 feet below ground. While leaks between the meter and the house are the responsibility of the homeowner, the ones from pipes leading from the line to the meter are the responsibility of the water supplying company. To detect leaks in the supply line, you can check for water around the meter box or around the supply line where it reaches your house. If you notice moisture, you should proceed to a more detailed investigations.
Plumbing Faucet leaks are very common, but they are also the easiest to detect. However, the repairs may depend on the type of faucet and on your plumbing and DIY skills. There are four basic types of faucets, all of them being fairly easy to fix by a skilled homeowner. Beware, ceramic disks and ball faucets may require a complete replacement, as opposed to compression valves and cartridges.
Toilet leaks are very easy to pass unnoticed, as they are usually silent and unobtrusive. Larger ones make a hissing noise, so you may be able to detect them early on. You can start by performing an inspection of the float mechanism. You have to remove the tank lid, and then observe the water level in the tank. It shouldn’t be higher than one inch below the tube. If it’s too high, the water will leak. There are multiple causes for this. For instance, the water level could be adjusted too high. Another common problem is the wearing out of the refill valve. The easiest test you can do is the dye test. Put some dye in the water tank, and wait for 15 minutes. If you see colored water in the toilet bowl, you know you have a leak. The solution is usually the replacement of the flapper valve.
Many homeowners in the Denver area are adding features to their outdoor space. Ponds, waterfalls, and fountains are among the most popular. As a water fountain has to withstand large temperature variations, it is one of the most common sources of leaks. You can check this by doing a bucket test. Put a bucket in the fountain or pond and fill it with water. Use a tape to mark the water level both inside and outside of the bucket. Wait for 24 hours, and mark the level again. If the water level in the fountain is now lower than the one in the bucket, you can suspect a leak.
Finding the plumbing leak is only the first step in sorting out this problem. You also have to fix the leak as soon as possible, in order to prevent water waste. Contact us today or fill our contact form, and we are going to help you repair your plumbing so that you can enjoy an energy efficient home.
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