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Plumbing Leaks 101

Plumbing Leaks 101 11 May

Ever find yourself becoming so used to a leaky faucet that the dripping sound is what makes you fall asleep? You can continue to get your sleep like that if you wish, but you will be wide awake when you get that ever-increasing water bill. If there are plumbing leaks in your home, even small ones you need to address them NOW. Even the tiniest leaks can add up to some serious money lost over time, not to mention it is wasting water. There are even side effects to plumbing leaks, like mold and mildew growth if the water leaks out into your home. Want to learn more about plumbing leaks, the water wasted on them and more? Read on as A1 breaks down the pitfalls of not attending to plumbing leaks at the onset and how to stop them.

WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH OVER 90 GALLONS OF WATER?

The cause of plumbing leaks can be a multitude of things. Corroded pipes, consistent excessive water pressure, cracked seals, or more sudden like frozen pipes in winter. Plumbing leaks can happen for a multitude of reasons: because of a cracked seal, pipes that are old and corroded, cracked seals in your plumbing installations or a more abrupt event like your pipes freezing in the winter.  Whatever the reason may be the water wasted can be negligible to drastic. It is estimated by the Environmental Protection Agency that around 10% of homes in the US leak over 90 gallons of water every single day. That adds up to over 30,000 gallons a year! That is a lot of laundry, showers, and lawn watering. Just imagine how much you could get done with that much water. Better yet imagine the savings you would receive by fixing the  leaks?

HOW TO FIND THE LEAKS AND FIX THEM

Unfortunately, your home has numerous places that a leak could develop. A dripping faucet is pretty easy to detect and fix, but other leaks may prove to be more difficult to diagnose and repair. Less prominent leaks like a broken seal from your supply line, a toilet that runs slow or a defective sprinkler system could hide itself for long periods of time before detection.

The way to avoid overlooking these leaks is proactive inspection. Make sure to inspect all the accessible plumbing in the house. Under all your sinks, behind your toilets, the hot water heater and connections. Always check supply lines for moisture or drips or puddles.  Another surefire way to know you have a leak is turn off all water in the home and watch your meter for a few hours. If it continues to go up and no water is being used, then you know you have a leak.

STOP PAYING FOR WATER YOU AREN’T USING

Once you have found the leak in your home or suspect there’s a leak, but you have failed to find it, you need to call A1 Discount Plumbing. We are the professionals that offer you excellent plumbing solutions in Houston at an affordable price. Call us today to schedule an estimate.

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