Leaky pipes can waste up to 20,000 gallons of water per household every year. In a time when water conservation is more important than ever, there’s no excuse for not having leaks in your home taken care of. To help you identify household leaks — both apparent and hidden — we’ve put together the following guide.
Below, we take a look at the most common spots for water leaks:
1. Water supply line
Leaks can occur in the water supply line somewhere in between your home and the meter. This type of water leak can be hard to find because the pipe is most often at least 3 feet underground. Look for non-rain or irrigation water within your meter box, which could signify a bigger issue.
2. Faucets, showers and bathtubs
A leaky faucet is all-too-familiar. Most of us find it annoying; few fully comprehend how much water it’s wasting. “A faucet dripping slowly at only one drop every two seconds will waste more than 1,000 gallons (3.7 m3) per year,” reports the Alliance for Water Efficiency. Inspect all showers, tubs, water heaters and washing machines for water leaks.
It probably comes as no surprise that toilets are one of the top sources of leaks in the house. What you may not know is that they can go unnoticed due to their silent and out-of-view nature. Significant leaks can usually be detected by listening for a hissing and/or gurgling sound. Sometimes, a dye test is necessary to detect less-obvious leaks.
No matter how old your home is, leaks can occur just about anywhere. You can count on the experts of Service Plus Heating, Cooling and Plumbing to detect and fix leaks. Learn more about pipe leak detection at our website.