Fix a leak week is back again, it’s time to check both inside and outside the house for those pesky leaks. They might seem small and not much of a big deal, but as you know, small leaks can turn into bigger problems when they’re left untreated. So let’s do a run through of where leaks can pop up inside and outside of your house to keep your home’s plumbing running smoothly.
Did you know that the average household wastes about 10,000 gallons of water per year? That’s about the amount of water it takes to do 300 loads of laundry! When you look at it that way that’s wasting a LOT of water! Let’s see how we can help stop leaks before they start, or before they become too problematic.
- Check your utility bill. If there’s no reason for it to spike, like an abundance of usage, or extra people in the house that month, it’s time to start checking for leaks.
- Read your water meter. Turn off all the water in your house and monitor the meter for 2 hours. If it changes, then there’s a problem.
- Check your toilet for leaks by placing a few drops of food coloring in the tank, if the color shows up in the bowl, then there is a leak.
- Listen for running water sounds in the bathroom, or leaks from faucets or showers.
- Check under sinks in bathrooms and the kitchen for signs of leaky pipes.
- Check the laundry room to be sure all connections are tight and not leaking.
- Be sure the water heater is not leaking or rusted.
- Check the outdoor irrigation system as well as any hoses to be sure they are not leaking and are working properly.
- All through the house check for signs of leaks or moisture on the floors, ceilings or walls. If you see any this could be the sign of a bigger problem.
If you do see signs of leaks, or know that you have one, you should call a professional plumber before the problem gets out of hand. LaPensee Plumbing is here for you during Fix a Leak Week and all year round! Contact us any time!