How Much Are Those Small Leaks Costing You in Atlanta?
Drip. Drip. Drip.
There it is again. That annoying dripping sound. The one that keeps you awake at night. You know you should fix it. But weekends are busy. And with so much to do, the small drip often gets put on the wayside.
Those tiny drips can add up over time. Studies show that the average home can lose 2,000 to 20,000 gallons of water per year due to those small leaks.
But not all of the drips are in places you can see and hear. Many of the leaks occur in your crawl space, basement, or behind the walls throughout your home. They can go undetected for years.
If you know anything about water, you know it is one of the most powerful forces on earth. If water is left alone, it goes wherever it chooses. It spreads and consumes along the way. And if that occurs slowly within your home, the damage can escalate quickly.
Those tiny cracks you can’t see wear away and weaken every pipe and fixture in your home. If you aren’t diligent in dealing with water problems, they will surface and become even bigger issues before you know it.
The best way to avoid potential problems is to perform checks periodically throughout your home.
Faucet leaks are the most common source of water leakage. They are the easiest to detect and easiest to fix. There are four different types of faucets: compression valve, cartridge, ceramic disks, and ball. The repairs necessary depend on the type of faucet.
Toilet leaks are one of the most common leaks to go undetected. Small leaks are often silent and out of view, building over time until they are large enough to detect with gurgling noises when the toilet is not in use. The problem could stem from the water level being adjusted too high, a damaged float, or the refill valve is worn. A dye test can be used to check for leaks and determine where the leak originates.
The water supply line that connects your home to the water supply is buried at least 18 feet below ground. A leak between your house and the meter is the homeowner’s responsibility; a leak between the main to the meter is kept by the water utility. Check for water around the meter box or around the supply line where it enters your home. If either is wet, you could have a leak.
Whole House Meter Check
If you suspect a larger leak, you can verify the problem with a whole house meter check. Make sure all water is turned off inside and outside of your home. Verify automatic equipment, such as your sprinkler system, will not turn on during the test. Record the reading on the water meter and wait 15 minutes. Record the reading again. If the meter records water usage during the test, it may indicate a leak.
Leak Repair in Atlanta
Do you suspect a water leak in your Atlanta home? It may be time to call in a professional to determine the cause. Get in touch with us today!