The leakage of water in your home, if undetected could cause high water bills and also result in severe damage to the structure of your living space. Leaks from pipes, plumbing fixtures and fittings are a significant source of water waste for many households. Some leaks are obvious, such as dripping faucets and leaking water heaters. Unfortunately, many leaks go undetected because the source of the leak is not visible. If you want to save money on water bills, it is vital to find these leaks and fix them at the earliest. These are some simple ways to find and stop common water leaks before they cause more expensive damage.
1. Examine each of the lavatories in your home
The majority of toilet leaks due to the damaged flapper valve, which is the rubber seal that moves up and down when you flush the toilet. You’ll often hear the water running continuously if the flapper valve isn’t closing properly. Bad flush handle may also be the culprit. If you think flush handle is the problem, try tightening the nut, if it doesn’t help, you may need to replace the handle altogether.
2. Check the shower heads and drains.
Dripping shower head, broken tile, or loose drain connection can cause lot of water wastage. Re-seal or replace these at your earliest convenience to save on water bills and prevent the need for more serious repairs later on.
3. Inspect the sinks and faucets
Pay attention to any obvious water leakage around the sinks and faucets. If you are not able to spot any source of the leak, look for water stains, swelling, or rotting in the surrounding wood or particle board. Tightening the faucet base, replacing cracked handle or knob valves, or scraping away and applying new waterproof caulk around fixtures will fix most of the leaks.
4. Scrutinize your home’s exterior hose bibs
Most of the times, you can stop a leaky bibs by tightening the nut that secures the handle or replacing a worn out washer inside the handle assembly.
5. Evaluate the condition of any water fittings you have in your garden
To save on water bills, keep an eye on water accessories in your garden. This includes things like taps, hoses, water ornaments, fountains and sprinklers. If any of these accessories show signs of heavy deterioration, it may be time to replace them with new once.
Some of the leakages with minor problems can be fixed by you without the help of a plumber. For bigger problems, it is recommended that you contact a qualified plumber to fix the issue. A plumber will have all the equipment, expertise, and experience needed to find and put a stop to the leak before it causes more serious problems.