How To Check For Plumbing Leaks

Category: Water Damage Restoration

Most water leaks in a family home can be traced to two common problems, leaky faucets and leaky toilets. A toilet leak can waste from 30 to 500 gallons per day per toilet.  Leaky faucets or shower heads can waste from 7 to 20 gallons per day per fixture.  That’s water, and money, literally going down the drain.  Repairs to these problems are generally inexpensive and simple. The first step is to do this simple test to see if your home’s plumbing is wasting water and costing you money.

Before you go to bed at night, check your home to be certain that all water taps,
inside and out (including automatic sprinklers), are turned off.  Then record the reading
on your water meter.  In the morning, before anyone uses any water, check your meter
reading again.  If the reading has changed, you may have a leak.  Chances are the
problem is from one or more malfunctioning toilets.  To test this add some food coloring to the water in your toilet tanks.  If color shows up in any of the toilet bowls after 15 minutes or so, you’ve identified the culprit. Usually a simple flapper replacement will solve your problem.  Leaky faucets can usually be easily repaired with a kit.  After fixing any identified problems, run the test again.  No change in your meter reading will verify you have repaired all of the leaks.

We hope these simple tips will avoid you needing our water damage restoration services, however we are here 24/7 if you do.  763-789-9600

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