A small leak here and there is never really a big deal, right? Although some homeowners may overlook leaks that don’t appear to be too big of a problem at the time, the truth is that all leaks are a big deal and should be addressed as soon as possible. Why? First and foremost, leaks are one of the largest contributing factors to how much water is wasted all throughout the United States and even the world – just take a look at these shocking statistics:
- Household leaks have the ability to waste more than 1 trillion gallons a year nationwide.
- The average household’s leaks can be responsible for more than 10,000 gallons of water being wasted every year.
- Leaky faucets that drip at the rate of one drip per second can waste more than 3,000 gallons of water each year.
In addition to wasting water, a resource that we all rely on each and every day, household leaks can also cause major water damage – damage that could be costly to fix. Not to mention, water damage can also lead to health troubles for anyone in your home – here, we’re talking about mold. Since leaks can cause structural damage to your home and potentially illness to those who live in it, it seems only obvious that you should have them repaired as soon as possible!
How To Detect Leaks
Before you can contact someone to repair plumbing leaks, we think it’s important that you know how to detect them. Below are three tips that you can follow to start detecting a common household leak within your home:
- Read your water meter and then ask everyone in your home to avoid using water for about two hours. After this time has passed, read your meter again and see if there is a change. If there is one, you have a leak.
- To detect toilet leaks, place a drop of food coloring in your toilet tank and see if it bleeds into your toilet without you flushing. If the color does appear, you have a leak.
- Keep a close eye on your family’s overall water usage and see how things change from month to month. In the winter specifically, the EPA suggests that a family of four shouldn’t exceed 12,000 gallons per month – anything above this is cause for concern.
It doesn’t matter if your home was built 100 years ago or yesterday – leaks will occur whenever and wherever they want. That said, if you experience a leak in your Orange County home, contact us right away so that we can help you minimize damage and reduce the amount of water your home wastes.
For more information about our pipe leak repair services, please continue to check out our website or call 714.630.8766 today.