Leak Repair & Detection
Even small leaks add up to big wasteThe truth is too many times we tend to treat leaks as no big deal, but leaky toilets and faucets can waste hundreds of gallons of water each day. That adds up to wasted money. Here are just a few examples:
- A metal pipe with a ⅛-inch hole leaks 2,500 gallons of water every 24 hours at 40 psi
- A pinhole size leak can waste 360,000 gallons a year
- A leaking toilet can use 90,000 gallons of water in 30 days.
- Dripping faucets or outdoor spigots can waste up to 180 gallons a month
- About 1 in every 20 swimming pools has a leak.
The water supply lineThis runs from your water meter (or well) to your house. Leaks aren’t easy to locate since the line is typically under your yard. Look for saturated areas that are wet all the time.
Slab leaksWhen homes are built on a slab foundation water lines are buried under concrete. It usually takes a plumber to diagnose and locate any leaks under a slab.
Crawl spaces and basementsThese are easier to locate and fix because the pipes are not under several inches of concrete.
Walls and/or floorsEven very slow leaks in these locations can cause lots of damage if they go undetected. Not only material damage, but health risks because of mold and bacteria growth.
Become the Sherlock Holmes of leaksAny homeowner can become a leak detective to help determine if there is a problem requiring the services of a professional plumber.
- Test the supply line by closing the main shutoff valve to the house. Wait for a few minutes then look at your water meter. If you see the dial still moving, it’s an indication you have a leak somewhere in the supply line.
- Here is an easy way to check your toilets. Put a few drops of food coloring in the tank. If you start seeing colored water in the toilet bowl you have a leak.
- Check all the faucets in the house and the outside spigots for any signs of water dripping.