Are you experiencing an unexpected rise on your recent water bills or is there a drop on the water pressure inside your home? If this is the case, then your plumbing system likely has a leak. It could either be an unseen burst pipe or you’re just turning a blind eye on dripping shower heads or taps.
Well, leaking taps, toilets or water lines are a problem indeed. It causes you to incur higher monthly bills while wasting precious water in the process. Statistically speaking, a single dripping tap can waste approximately 20,000 litres of water in a year. Look at it at a greater scale and you’ll be astonished to imagine how huge the amount of water a neighbourhood can throw away due to leaks.
So, if you suspect leaks on your plumbing at home, investigate as soon as possible to find the culprit and repair it. Follow this tips from our expert plumbers:
1. Check Your Water Meter
A leak can found on the line between your water meter and your house. While this is difficult to detect physically since signs don’t usually appear, you can test it using your water meter and main shut off valve. This is done by turning off your water valve and checking your meter. If the meter indicates that water is continuously flowing with the valve already turned off, then the leak is found outside of the house. Conversely, if the meter stops when the valve is off but it runs when open even if all water outlets inside the house are shut off, the leak is likely to be within the house.
2. Check Your Hot Water System
Most of the time, leaks on hot water systems come from the pressure release valve. This is the area to inspect first. If you can see any physical signs, such as moisture or wetness on the outside of the valve, listen for a possible hissing sound. It is a proven indicator that there is a steady leak of water. Call an emergency plumber right away if this is confirmed.
3. Put some Colour on Your Toilet Tank
One of the most common hidden leaks in the average home is a continuously flowing toilet. This happens if the tank-fitting of a toilet is broken or is improperly installed. To test for this type of leak, poor a food dye on the tank – small enough to colour the water in it. Then, examine the water on the toilet bowl after a few minutes. If there is any sign of the dye flowing into the bowl, there is a leak on your toilet. This should be fixed ASAP.
4. Visually Inspect All Taps, Showers and Other Fixtures
Go all over your house and check all water fixtures to ensure that there are no leaks. The best way to do this is by drying up all the surfaces below taps and showers. If these areas get wet after a few minutes, then your fixtures may have leaks. Doing replacements can be easy, but make sure to hire experts to ensure that every fixture is properly installed.
5. Check for Water Damage
If the plumbing lines inside your home pass through walls, you need to inspect for water damage. There is a possibility that there are leaks within the pipes inside your walls, especially if you detected no other leaks in you home. The most obvious sign of water damage is moisture and discolouration found on the surfaces near pipes. If this is present, make sure to solve the problem at once to avoid further damage on your home that can cause more and more expenses.
After locating your water leaks at home, let our plumbing experts at Aqua Maintain provide you with the repair services that you need. Our team of professional people can do every plumbing task you’ll require. We also offer emergency plumbing services in the areas of Altona, Point Cook, Werribee, Hoppers Crossing, Tarneit and Wyndham Vale. We are ready to be dispatched 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.