Early detection of a plumbing leak can be crucial in avoiding a costly and damaging disaster. While other plumbing problems are far easier to detect, a leak can go unnoticed for far too long. The EPA estimates that water leaks are responsible for wasting nearly 10,000 gallons of water each year in average households, while leaks can be the culprit for almost 90 gallons of water in a single day in some homes.
By simply being diligent about inspecting the plumbing system of your Las Vegas home, you can find hidden leaks before they can become a major problem. If you suspect a leak or have already identified one, be sure to take proactive actions in addressing the problem. This not only stops the leak, but it can also help to extend the life and improve the efficiency of your plumbing system will last.
Pay Attention To Your Water Bill
If you notice that your water bill is higher than usual, make sure that you take a look at your average water usage and compare it to the current monthly amount. If there is a significant, and unexplained, increase, there is a good possibility that your home may have one or more hidden plumbing leaks.
Test Your Plumbing With Your Water Meter
You water meter will provide you with concrete evidence of a water leak without forcing you to search for one. You can do this by going out to the meter and writing down the number on it. Then turn off all faucets and any water-using appliance for the next couple of hours. Check the number on the meter and compare it to the one you wrote down. If the number changed, you most likely have a water leak somewhere in the house.
Inspect Your Plumbing System
Take the time to perform a visual inspection of your plumbing system checking for signs of a potential leak. Some of the most obvious signs of a leak include resting water, excess moisture, mildew, or rust. Key areas to look these signs include faucets, showerheads, pipefittings, exposed pipes, hoses, and nozzles.
Test The Toilets
To check for a toilet leak, place a few drops of food coloring in the tank of the toilet making sure not to use it or flush for at least 30 minutes. After half an hour, go back and check for colored water in the toilet bowl. If the water is tinted, then there is a leak in your toilet.
Don’t Ignore Warning Signs
If you suspect a leak, chances are that warning signs have presented themselves already. Make sure that you do not ignore these and instead act quickly by hiring a professional plumber to inspect your system and repair any leaks. Warning signs of a leak could include:
- Persistent foul odors of mold or mildew
- Water stains on flooring, ceilings, or walls
- Decreased water pressure
- Puddles of water
If you think you may have hidden plumbing leaks in your Las Vegas home, call (702) 433-5008 to schedule service from our team of certified plumbers at Silver State Refrigeration, HVAC, & Plumbing.
Silver State Refrigeration, HVAC & Plumbing
4535 Copper Sage Street Las Vegas, NV 89115