How do you know if your home has a water leak?

posted by The Wells Company, 1 year ago

Do plumbing leaks in your home have you worried? Wells Plumbing, Heating, and Air Conditioning offers a few tips for detecting plumbing leaks…

You may have a leak if:

  • You can hear the continuous sound of water (for instance, a toilet running) when nothing is turned on.
  • Your water meter reading changes when you are using water. To check this, mark the indicator on your meter; don’t use any water for an hour and then check the meter. If the indicator moved, you may have a leak.
  • Your water bill escalates over a period of weeks or months. Do a month to month comparison of your bills.
  • Your walls or floors have wet, spongy, damp or discolored areas where nothing has spilled.
  • You can smell foul odors coming from floors or walls near drains or sewers.
  • Your foundation cracks, vegetation grows unevenly, or earth shifts for no apparent reason.
  • You find warm spots on your floor, particularly on concrete slabs.

Some facts about leaks:

  • A 1/8 inch hole in a metal pipe, at 40 pounds per square inch (psi), leaks 2,500 gallons of water in 24 hours.
  • A leak the size of a pinhead can waste 360,000 gallons per year, enough to fill 12,000 bathtubs to the overflow mark.
  • A leaking toilet can use 90,000 gallons of water in 30 days.
  • A dripping faucet/hose bib can lose up to 180 gallons per month or 2160 gallons per year.
  • Approximately 1 in every 20 swimming pools has a leak.
  • Approximately 1 in every 318 homes has a leak.
  • A typical toilet leak at today’s rate can add $500 to a single water bill.
  • Using a pool cover prevents about 1000 gallons per month from evaporating.

Do you suspect a leak in your home?  If so, give us a call and we’d be happy to send out our leak detection specialists!

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