Finding a plumbing leak


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Plumbing leaks can be costly especially when it goes undetected. Gallons upon gallons of water go into waste, taking one’s budget with it.

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A good clue that there might be a leak somewhere in a home’s plumbing system is a sudden spike in the monthly water bills even though there are no changes in water usage. Water damage is a late indication that there is a leak somewhere too because leaking water definitely may have been damaging that part of the structure for quite a while. A/C And HVAC

The Family Handyman suggests that a thorough check can be very helpful in preventing further damage and detecting leakage problems.

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“The vast majority of leaks occur at or near plumbing fixtures like tubs, sinks and toilets. But if you suspect a leak in the water supply system, there’s a simple way to check it— even if the pipes are hidden inside walls. First, turn off all your faucets. If you have drippy faucets or a toilet that runs between flushes, close the shutoff valves. Then go to your water meter and check the position of the “1-cubic-foot” dial. Check the dial again two hours later. If the dial has moved, you have a leak in the water supply.” Read the rest of the guidelines here.

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The DIY Network meantime shared to its readers tips about home plumbing leaks, and what they need to know to prevent more problems from occurring. Plumbing Association of San Diego

“Trace the trap leak back to the wall. When you have a leak, often it may be on the back side, where it actually connects to the wall, in which case you’ll have to disassemble the drain work. Oftentimes you can even tighten it with your hands to see whether the leaking stops. If it doesn’t, just use a wrench to tighten it up a little.” Check out the rest of the tips here.

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WikiHow also gave some pointers I detecting leaks inside the home. “Check the toilet for leaks by removing the top off the tank and listening very closely. If you hear any hissing at all, try to locate where it is coming from. If you locate the area where the leak is coming from, assess it and determine if you can fix it. If you can’t, then call a plumber. If nothing is noticeable, add some food coloring and put a couple of drops in the tank (not the bowl). Wait several minutes and if you have coloring in the bowl, you have a leak in the flapper at the bottom of the tank that is allowing water to seep through. At this point you can assess if you want to do the repair yourself, or call a plumber.” The continuation of the article can be found here.

Checking for water leaks does not only protect the property owner from bulging water bills. It also protects the whole structure and property from the troubles that water damage may bring.

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