A leak can be a very costly problem for your home if it goes unnoticed. When your water bill arrives, you will be paying for the water wastage even on a small leak. One drip per second can amount to 2,000 litres a month, which is a staggering amount to go down the drain under your nose, as you are literally flushing away good water and money. There are a few methods an experience plumber like Capital Plumbing would suggests to check your home for leaks and help you keep your pipes in good condition.
You are not required to be a professional to check your toilet for leaks. Before you call a tradesman to assess the situation, it’s a good idea to check your lavatory yourself to see if it is in working order.
By adding food colouring to the water in your cistern you can determine if it’s leaking; check a few minutes later to see if your bowl is showing any traces of the colour. Also try removing the top of the tank and listening for any hissing sounds. If you can hear something suspicious, assess if you can fix it easily or if an expert needs to be called in to help you. At the end of the day, stopping a leak will save you money even if you have to get a plumber to do it for you. Don’t just focus on leaks into the bowl. The cistern can also leak behind the bowl onto the floor. Place a dry paper towel behind the bowl, and after a few flushes check to see if it is still dry.
Your outside hot water system, taps and irrigation systems will need to be checked for leaks too, once again by looking for spurting drips of water or hissing sounds. Moving from one outside tap to another, check for hissing sounds. If you detect any sounds, mark where on the pipe you hear the hissing and notify a plumber. You can also use this method on your indoor faucets, as well as visually looking for leaks, which can usually be fixed by replacing a washer.
Yard and Home Materials
An underground pipe leaking can potentially be one of the hardest leaks to discover and can often go unnoticed, generally making the problem worse. Bright green grass or damp spots in your yard can often help resolve whether your lawn has an underground pipe problem. Other signs of leaks within the walls and floors of your home are damp patches in your ceiling, discoloured or mouldy walls and moist carpets. If your home is showing any signs of leaking pipes or taps, or you think you may have issues, contact your local plumber immediately.
Leaks can be an expensive surprise. The wasted water really adds up over time, which is bad for conservation and for your water bill. Use the above tips to help resolve if your home has leaks and get in touch with your plumber if you are unsure.