Leaks & more Leaks


What’s leaking?

The most common types of leaking found in the home include leaking toilet flappers, dripping faucets and other leaking valves. All are easily correctable, either by the home owner or a plumber. Fixing these leaks correctly can save a home owner up to 10% (or more) on their water bills.

Finding and repairing the leak.

It’s easy to see or hear a dripping faucet or shower head. The repair can also be quite easy too and usually involves replacing a washer or even tightening up a connection.

Sometimes the complete assembly must be replaced and although this is a job that most homeowners can do – it can be messy and you have to be sure to tighten up all the connections or you may create a bigger problem!

What if you suspect a water leak, but can’t find any obvious sign of it?

Check your water meter before and after a two hour period, when no water is being used. If the meter does not read exactly the same, you probably have a leak.

One way to find out if you have a toilet leak is to place a drop of food colouring into the tank. If the colour shows up in the bowl after 5 or 10 minutes (without flushing), you have a leak.

Depending on where the leak is, you can often fix it yourself, but whatever you do, don’t ignore it! And if it’s getting onto the floor or into walls – get the professionals in.

I’ve seen a lot of water damage and mould caused by home owners not paying attention to that small dripping connection!

Ciaran O'Neill

Ciaran O'Neill

CENTURY 21 All Stars Realty Ltd.
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