How Undetected Water Leaks Can Lead To Expensive Damage

Undetected water leaks can cost you money not only on your water bill but in unseen damage to your building. They can also cause health problems by allowing mold to grow undetected in enclosed spaces.

The most common types of leaks we find are worn-out toilet flappers, dripping faucets, leaking valves, and pipes. Repairing these leaks can pay for itself in water savings alone.

Checking for Leaks

When checking for leaks around your building, you first need to determine whether you're wasting any water and then identify the source of the leak.

Have a look at your water meter before and after a couple of hour period when water is not being used. If the meter shows any increase at all, you probably have a leak.

Leaking Toilets

You can identify toilet leaks by placing a drop of food coloring in the toilet tank. If any color shows up in the bowl after 15 minutes, you have a leak.

The most common reason toilets leak is an old or worn-out toilet flapper, also called a valve seal. Flappers are inexpensive rubber parts that can build up minerals or decay over time. Replacing them can be a quick and easy fix for your water loss.

Also, examine the toilet gaskets and fittings for any water leaks on the outside of the toilet.

Leaking Faucets

The most common cause of leaking faucets are old, worn faucet washers and gaskets.

Leaking Water Heaters

Old water heater tanks can rust and develop leaks over time. Inspect the area around the water heater tank for signs of water leaks or stains.

If you are still experiencing water loss after checking the plumbing fixtures around your home, call Maxwell Plumb. can help you solve the more difficult water leak problems.
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