HOW TO DIAGNOSE WATER LEAKS AT HOME
Do you know that faulty plumbing can cause more than just high water use bill.
Water leaks or faulty plumbing can cause structural damage and pose major health risks.
According to the EPA reports that in the U.S water leaks due to faulty plumbing in atypical home causes the waste of more than 10,000 gallons of water every year and ten percent of homes have leaks that waste 90 gallons of water a day.
Here are five ways to detect common water leaks in your home
One of the most obvious way to know about water leaks in your home is when there is a sudden increase in your water bills. Some of us rarely pay attention to the usage of water in our water bill. It is important to pay attention to your water bill, specially the amount typically we pay in the monthly basis. If an unexpected spike in your water bill may indicate that there is a leak in the plumbing. Usually is typically to use more water during summer time than winter time due to the irrigation of plants.
Do you know that one of the most common ways that water is wasted in most homes is due to leaking toilets. It is important to regularly check your toilets for signs of water leaks. If you hear the sound of water dripping a few minutes after flushing that is an indication of a leaky toilet. There are some times that water leaks at the toilet that cannot be detected visually or audibly. A simple way to find out a leaky in the toilet is by place drops of food coloring in the toilet tank to make sure there are not leaks. If the water remains colorless after 15 minutes that means there are no leaks. But if the bowl in the water changes color, you’ve got a leak. Replacing the flapper will fix this type of leak.
Dripping faucets, sinks, showers and tubs are common causes of water leaks. Slow dripping might be small but it results in large amounts of water wasted overtime. It is important to regularly check all the faucets of the house to ensure that there are not leaks. Have them repair as soon as possible if you find any leaking faucets. Do you know hat one drip per second can add up to 3000 gallons per year.
If your water bill is to high, checking the water meter is a must. If the water meter that keeps on running is also indicative of water leaks in the house. By writing down the reading of your meter and check it again after a few hours without using water in the house. If the reading is different that means there is a water leakage in the house.
Wet areas in your yard
Checking your lawn for any wet areas. If you notice wet areas in your lawn, there could be an underground leak. Have a professional plumber look over the wet area. Professionals have special equipments to detect any underground water leak. Also, check your irrigation system, a pipe or sprinkle head could be broken. Once when the line is detected can be easy to be repair.
Although the source of most of these water leaks can be located with a little effort, some can be hard to detect. Take your time to investigate and detect all the water leaks will save you lots of money and you will conserve water.
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