Detect Leaks and Drips
How do I easily detect leaks and drips in the house?
Drip, drip, drip ….The sound of a household water leak …its water and your money going down the drain! The most common household water wasters are leaking loo’s, dripping taps and leaky valves.
“Leaks can account for, on average, 41639.53 litres of water wasted in the home every year, which is enough to fill a backyard swimming pool. Ten percent of homes have leaks that waste 340.69 litres or more per day.”
Imagine that water account …yet most leaks are easy to detect and fix.
How can I detect pesky leaks myself and save on my plumbing bill?
1. Check all your taps, mixers and showerheads for obvious drips.
It may be something as simple as replacing a washer, which if you are a professional DIY person, you can replace yourself…. or it could be the headpart, the mechanism inside the mixer, or the actual tap, mixer or shower-arm or shower-rose that requires replacing. For the latter, you may want to call in the services of a really great plumbing company as it’s a tad trickier to do (Nudge, nudge… go to the link for a really amazing one)…and hey, they even guarantee their workmanship for a full year.
2. Check that your toilet is not leaking.
Toilets are the pensioners of sanware….they can leak from multiple places. If water keeps running inside the toilet bowl after it’s stopped flushing, dripping from the handle, or leaking at the back of the toilet where it connects to the pvc pipe….It’s officially a drip…or a leak.
In most cases, you may need the toilet mechanism, the pan-connector or the pan seal that seals pan-connector and the pvc pipe together, to be replaced. I promise we are not punting for business, but get a reputable plumber to do the job.
Your worst case scenario is the toilet has a crack in it, in which case you will need to replace the entire toilet…. Definitely contact a plumber to do this.
3. Exposed pipes (Blush).
Seriously though, check all the visible pipes beneath your kitchen sink or basin cabinets or cupboards. These start leaking because of general wear and tear and will need a replacement of the pipe, or fitting(s) when it starts to leak. Ahem…. call your favourite plumber.
4. Check your connections …your plumbing connections that is.
If you have a dishwasher, washing machine, fridge/freezer that requires plumbing, it also requires a plumbing connection. General wear and tear may result in these acting like drips. We like giving our plumbers a workout and having them move your heavy appliances to gain access to a leaking connection will help to keep them in shape and they will resolve your drip.
A very handy tip……
Are you ready for it? Here goes. Know…where…to…turn…your…water…off.
This is very useful in the event of a leak that is not only annoying, but also eating into your budget.
Your toilets and basins should have shut-off valves to turn off the water while you wait for your Plumber ‘in shining armour’ to come to the rescue. If your existing toilet, basins and sinks do not have a shut off valve, contact your plumber to have them installed. It can save you lots of water damage.
(Note to Self: Insert a pic of the shut off valve for a toilet and basin)
Want to know what to do in the event of a burst pipe?
Look out for Part 2 of our blog on Leaks and Drips. For more information until then, feel free to contact us.