How to Detect Leaks in Your Indian River Home
Friday, April 11, 2014
Performing leak detection in your own Indian River home on a regular basis is extremely important. This will save you a lot of money from wasted water and prevent water damage to your property. But how do you go about it?
While major leaks may be easier to detect, there are many places where leaks could be hidden from you. If left unfixed, these will become bigger and could influence vital structures in your house to deteriorate. Not to mention the shock you’ll receive once you get your water bill. Here are some useful tips on how you can perform leak detection in various parts of your home.
1. First off, check your toilet. The toilet is a notorious culprit for hidden leaks. You can use a dark food coloring to help identify where water may be sneaking out into your bowl. Drop the coloring into the tank, if you see any tint in the bowl, you have an internal leak (this can cause “phantom flushes”). Also, you can use your ears. If you hear a constant hissing, you might have a leak into your tank from the inlet valve. If your bowl empties slowly after you flush, you could have clogged holes under the rim of your bowl. And of course, if you walk into your bathroom and feel water on the floor, that is a good indication that one of your seals is leaking.
2. It is also essential that you check the pipes on your sinks on a regular basis. Leaks can occur from clogs caused by the accumulation of things like food particles, hair and other organic material. Simply pay attention to how fast (or slow) water drains out of your sink and look underneath in the cabinet and check for dripping or moist spots.
3. You should also check your fixtures. This is easier to identify because the dripping water is visible. You must check all the faucets and shower heads in your home on a regular basis. This is the cheaper option than to let the leaks continue and water be wasted. You would be surprised the hundreds of gallons of wasted water a year that your own home will produce from a simple leaky faucet.
4. Check outside. These are sometimes the hardest because we don’t ever think to look in the grass outside. Check things like your garden hose or meter line. Look for wet spots on dry days.
If you detect a leak the best course of action would be to call a professional Indian River plumber to fix it. You may be unaware of the severity of the problem and a plumber with specialized equipment can troubleshoot and solve the issue faster than you can alone.
Regularly inspecting your home for leaks will save you money and headache in the long run. Maintaining a beautiful Indian River home takes some work, and inspecting your plumbing is simply part of it.