3 Ways to Detect a Water Leak in Your Home
Of all the plumbing problems in a Sacramento home, a water leak can be both frustrating and difficult to detect. In many instances, a water leak can be going on for weeks, months, or perhaps even years before its cause is detected.
As a result of this, many people’s water bills wind up being much higher than they anticipate. However, if a water leak is suspected in a home, finding it as quickly as possible can result in substantial savings. Since most water leaks waste in excess of 1,000 gallons per year, it’s vital to know how to detect them when they appear.
Toilet Tank Leaks
Despite being one of the most common causes of water leaks in homes, toilet tanks are rarely looked at as possible causes of the water bill being higher than normal. However, if a leak is suspected, it’s very easy to find out if the tank is causing the problem.
Simply remove the tank’s lid and listen closely for any unusual noises, such as hissing or gurgling sounds. If these noises are present, a leak is present and needs to be fixed as soon as possible by a plumber.
Shower Heads and Tub Fixtures
If the toilet tank is not the culprit with a leak, then a person’s attention should turn to the shower and tub. The shower head and tub fixtures are also known for causing water leaks from time to time, and unlike the toilet tank it is very obvious if they are leaking.
After being used and turned off, if either or both are still leaking 15-20 minutes later chances are they need to be repaired or replaced. As with most repairs, they should be done by a licensed plumber. If these repairs are done incorrectly, the leak could get worse and significant water damage could occur.
Along with noticing obvious leaks in sink fixtures and toilets, examining the water meter could offer some clues as to the source of the leak. Begin by recording the current reading, then shut if off for about 30 minutes before turning it back on and looking at the new reading. If it is bigger than what it was 30 minutes ago, a leak is present. If the reading is much larger after a short period of time, the leak may be located in the main water line and a local Sacramento plumber should be contacted.
Call VanGo Rooter at (415) 755-7405 today to get your Sacramento, CA system checked out by a professional plumber!