Did you know the average family of 4 uses approximately 400 gallons of water per day? About a quarter of that comes from flushing the toilet, but almost 14% comes from plumbing leaks in your home! Of course, some plumbing leaks are more obvious than others, but how do you know about the ones that aren’t quite as obvious? Read on to find out where to locate those pesky plumbing leaks!
As previously mentioned, about a quarter of household water use comes from toilet flushing. So as you can imagine, household plumbing leaks often occur in and around toilets. When you flush, check behind the toilet to see if you can see (or hear) drips. Not only is this a problematic leak, it can also be causing water damage behind your toilet.
Test the water pressure of your showers by turning them on and assessing the power from which water leaves the faucet. If you think the pressure is low, there could be a leak.
To ensure high enough water pressure, pipes should be sized 3/4 of an inch from the water source to the home, and a half inch or more to faucets. Anything more than that distance could lead to low water pressure and potential leaks.
Most manufactures recommend that a water heater be serviced once a year. If it has been longer than that for your water heater, you should consider calling a service company to check and flush your heater. Also, keep an eye out for corrosion or buildup on the water heater. This could mean a replacement is in the near future.
Don’t forget about your attic…it’s a perfect place for plumbing leaks to hide! Make sure you take a good look before getting too invested in buying or selling!
Contact City Plumbing
As you can imagine, plumbing leaks are both inconvenient and expensive. To avoid costly repairs or replacements, it’s important to routinely check your home for leaks If you have questions about your plumbing problems or think you have a leak, call the experts at City Plumbing today!