Did you know that one trillion gallons of water are wasted every year because of plumbing leaks? And that most leaks are a quick and easy fix that can be do-it-yourself projects, or you can call the professional plumbers here at Gander Plumbing for help? Here are a few tips on how to check for leaks and what to do if you find any.
How to Check for Leaks
There are a few different ways you can check to see if any of your plumbing fixtures are leaking. The first and most obvious way is to look at them to see if you can detect any water dripping out of them. But there are a few other sneaky ways that water can be leaking from your plumbing without you seeing it.
One way to check is to look at your water meter when you know that your family will not be using any water for at least two hours. Note where the water is at on the meter and then check again two hours later if no one has used any water in your home. If you notice the water level has decreased, then that is a good indication that you have a leak somewhere.
You can also check for leaks in your toilet by placing a drop of food coloring in the tank. Let it sit for about 15 minutes and, if you see any color in the bowl after that time frame, you have a leak. Be sure to flush the toilet after this test to make sure you don’t accidentally stain the bowl.
How to Fix Leaks
To fix a leak in the toilet, take a look at the toilet flapper. If you see that it is worn or decayed, then it’s time to replace it. If you don’t know how, call our professional plumbers for help.
To fix a leak in showerheads, double check the connection between the showerhead and the pipe stem. Use pipe tape (Teflon tape) to secure it. This type of tape is found at most hardware stores and is the easiest and quickest way to stop these kinds of leaks. You can also replace the washer in the showerhead if need be. If fixes do not work or if the leak is more complicated than this, call our professional plumbers.
To fix a leak in your garden hose, you can replace the rubber or nylon hose washer. Check the connection and use pipe tape and a wrench to help make sure it is tight.
If these fixes do not work or if you are not sure how to do them, you can call Gander Plumbing. We will send one of our professional plumbers to your home to help!
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