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Avoid Leaks with Plumbing Repair

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Many people assume that plumbing leaks are not a big deal, especially if they’re not causing serious water damage inside or outside the home. But your living room or yard need not look like the Everglades to require plumbing repairs. In fact, some leaks can go undetected for long periods of time, and become incredibly costly.

The Impact of Leaky Plumbing

The United States Environmental Protection Agency indicates that the average home’s leaks can account for over 10,000 gallons of water wasted each year, with ten percent of homes losing 90 gallons or more per day to plumbing leaks. Minor leaks across the country add up to 1 trillion gallons of wasted water every year, which is equivalent to the annual household water usage of 11 million homes.

And, according to a study conducted by the Water Research Foundation, residential leaks account for 12% of indoor water usage per household each day. That’s a hefty portion of your water bill literally going down the drain! Leaks can also cause damage to floors, walls, and ceilings, which result in costly renovations.

From both an environmental and economic standpoint, leaking pipes, faucets, and appliances are a hazard and a waste. That’s why you need proactive plumbing repair services to stop the problem at its source.

How to Spot Common Leak Culprits

Many homeowners fail to notice or address minor leaks, despite their enormous impact. It’s easy to overlook the water wasted by leaky household items, but here are some tips on how to spot and deal with common leaks:

Check your water bill. The EPA says that the average American family uses about 300 gallons of water per day, or roughly 9000 gallons per month. While households will differ depending on the season, and on how often you bathe, shower, use the dishwasher or washing machine, and so on, this is a good metric to assess your home’s water use. A sudden change in your water bill could also indicate an undetected leak somewhere.

Check your toilets. The toilet flapper is the device inside the tank that opens and closes each time you flush. These flappers become worn out over time, and may allow water to leak from the tank into the bowl. Listen carefully after you flush, or put a few drops of food coloring into the tank and wait ten minutes. If you can hear water dribbling down the bowl, or can see the coloring in the bowl, then you may have to replace the flapper.

Check faucets and shower heads. If you can see small pools of water forming around the faucet connection, or a slow drip coming from the shower head, you may need plumbing repairs in these parts. Also check the plumbing connections under your bathroom and kitchen sinks, and around appliance connections.

Invest in Prevention

You can also have a professional plumbing inspection carried out, which includes a full examination of your pipes, drains, connections, fittings, water heater, and appliances. If no leaks are detected, then you have peace of mind; if a leak is found, you can quickly and efficiently repair the problem, and save yourself the expense of ongoing water wastage!


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