How to Locate and Respond to a Water Leak

A water leak that drips once per second wastes more than 2250 gallons of water each month.  A hidden toilet leak wastes between 50 and 500 gallons of water per day, and leaky pipes can waste hundreds of gallons of water, destroy valuable property and increase your water bill.

What’s the point? Simply this: the faster a water leak is repaired, the less water you’ll waste and the less likely you’ll be to incur water damage to your home.

So, should you spot a leaking toilet or other water fixture, immediately turn off its water supply. If you can’t do that, then turn off your whole-house water supply. Either way, you’ll prevent any additional water loss and give yourself or your plumber time to assess the problem and how best to solve it.

What happens, however, if you merely suspect you might have a water leak but aren’t sure? Here are a few tips to help you to get the bottom of things:

  1. Become a Leak Detective – First, make a habit of reading your water bill. If you notice a sizable increase in water use that you can’t account for, there’s a good chance you have a water leak somewhere on your property. Also, check you water meter if you suspect a leak.
  2. Check your water meter. Take one reading as soon as you shut off your water main, and another reading 30 minutes later. If the meter reading has changed, you have a water leak.
  3. Check the toilet for leaks by removing the top off the tank and listening very closely. If you hear any hissing at all, try to locate where it is coming from. If you locate the area where the leak is coming from, assess it and determine if you can fix it.
  4. If you have an ice maker, pull your refrigerator away from the wall once a month or so. If you spot any puddles, the probable cause is a leak in the ice maker or water line leading it to it. Don’t delay in getting this fixed because water can seep into your floor boards and cause structural damage for even bigger – and more expensive – headaches.

At Plumbtastic, we can locate and repair any water inside or outside your home, aided in part by our high-tech electronic leak detectors.  For water leak repairs or plumbing service of any kind, contact us today for a guaranteed upfront price and your 100% satisfaction guaranteed.

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