Useful Water Leak Detection Advice
Nothing is more annoying to hear inside your home than the “drip, drip, drip” sound of a leaking water somewhere in the house.
If you like most people, this sound is more worrisome than the actual water leak in itself. This is not a good mindset to adopt however. A water leak may pose a serious to your home that is why, you should fix it quickly.
Early Signs of Water Leak
A leak can be taken for granted because it seems like an insignificant matter. Unknown so some, a water leak especially under the foundation of your home, is just a sign of a larger, more serious issue.
A water leak when ignored is tantamount to admitting that you are not interested in fixing the issue quickly at less cost but rather pay more money when the problem escalates into a more serious issue.
Even a small leak when not fix right at the outset can cost you money depending on the extent of the problem.
Your house may lose about 2,000 to 20,000 gallons of water annually because of some leak in your plumbing system.
If leaks appear in pipes that run throughout your house, this could result to water damage to your ceilings or walls where a continuous water leak can cause wood to rot.
Locating the Problem
Fixing a water leak entails knowing where to find it and properly gauging the seriousness of the issue.
If you are lucky, you will be able to spot the leak directly as in the case when it can be found on the faucet. A scenario like this may be fixed by a simple tightening of the fixture using a wrench.
In some situations, the water leak could be at your toilet, your water heater, your water pipe or even your sewage line.
In other scenario, a leak may be serious enough that you notice the volume of water you lost when you look at your water meter. In which case, your only choice is to shut off the gate valve so no more water is being actively pumped through your house.
Observe your water meter to see if there is still some water leaking somewhere in your pipes. If there is, it means that the leak is really serious.
Preventing Leak from Happening
Saving yourself from an expensive repair work on your plumbing system is possible if you take some preventive action beforehand. Fixing the leaks as soon as find them is a very good idea.
Inspecting the entire length of your pipes and drains to see if they have leaks; or are showing signs of a leak waiting to happen, is also a great technique to avoid a future trouble.
You can also try some techniques to increase the longevity of your pipes.
Hard water running in your pipes, for example may considerably decrease the lifespan of your pipes. This is the reason why soft water or water with lower density of dissolved minerals is gentler for your pipes.
Similarly, low water pressure does not put as much strain to our pipes as high water pressure.