Did you know that a leak from a single faucet at a rate of one drip every two seconds can waste over 1,000 gallons of water a year? Plumbing leaks waste water, damage property, and cost you money, and they’re not always easy to find. Learn to spot hidden plumbing leaks and find out when to call in a professional plumber in today’s post.
Notice the Signs
We recommend looking around your property from time to time to check for signs of a hidden leak that may not be apparent during daily tasks. This includes issues such as:
- Low water pressure from one or more faucets
- Dark spots on walls or ceilings
- High utilities
- Unusual meter readings
- Mold or mildew
- Moisture in the carpet
- The sound of rushing water underneath your property
Leaks in the toilet tank
It’s easy to see when there is water leaking out from behind the toilet or from underneath the seal. But if there are leaks between the bowl and tank, it wastes a lot of water and isn’t always obvious. You may hear running noises from your toilet if you have this type of leaking, but you may not.
Here’s a simple way to tell if your tank is leaking into the bowl. Just put a few drops of food coloring in the tank and check on the bowl in 15 minutes. If you see food coloring in the bowl, you have a leak, and you might just need a new flapper valve.
Know when to call a professional
There may be times when a loose valve or a faulty faucet are problems that a homeowner can solve with relative ease. But any major plumbing issue deserves the attention of a trained professional, and you should never hesitate to call in a professional even for the smallest of problems. A quality plumber provides excellent customer service no matter how big or how small the issue may seem.
VOGT Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing offer leak detection and plumbing repair services in Minnetonka. Call our friendly technicians 24/7 for exceptional customer service!