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!