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How to know if you have a leak

Posted on by on 30th July 2014 with 0 comment

For Culver City homeowners, leaks drive us crazy.  Unlike a flooded toilet or clogged sink (which are also frustrating in other ways), pipe leaks taunt you with general moisture and hissing noises from behind a wall or under a floorboard.  Likewise, if your water bill spikes inexplicably, you might have a leak somewhere – but where?

It’s hard to tell where a leak’s located, which can also make repairs a costly endeavor.  However, before you start tearing your home apart looking for them, you might want to try some easier, less invasive measures first.

You can actually use your home’s plumbing to help you identify the source of the problem.

Meter check

Your home’s water has a secret function: leak detective.  Because it gives you a real-time report of your water usage, you can use it to determine if you’re losing water.  First, turn off all of the water in and outside of your home.  This includes laundry machines and showers, as well as sprinkler systems.  At this point, take a reading from the meter, and then wait 15 minutes.  Make sure no one uses any water during this waiting period.  After time is up, take another reading.  If the meter has changed, you most likely have a large leak.

But if you’re still not sure, call the best plumber Culver City has to offer.  Joseph Davidson can do a full inspection of your home’s pipes, determine the exact size and location of the leak, and save you water as well as money.

Supply line inspection

Occasionally your leak may be in the home’s water supply line, which runs from your house to the meter.  You can’t easily check the line itself because it’s positioned several feet underground.  The quickest way to cross check this is by looking at the meter box.  If it contains water that wasn’t caused by rain or, say, a sprinkler system, it’s a good sign that you have a crack in the supply line.

The other place to check the line is the spot where it enters your home.  If the area is especially damp, or if you see any unusually wet patches of grass, it’s an indication of a leak.

Toilet test

Of all of your home’s fixtures, toilets are perhaps the biggest culprit when it comes to leaks.  Big leaks usually give themselves away through a hissing noise, but smaller ones are more covert.  They quietly waste gallons and gallons of waste per month unbeknownst to you.

To check it yourself, remove the tank lid.  How high is the water level?  If it’s closer than 1 inch to the overflow tube, then you may have a problem.  If it matches the level of the tube, then the water is incrementally seeping into the tube and down the drain.

In the event that the flapper valve is the problem, you can run a dye test by dripping some food coloring into the tank.  If it starts to appear in the bowl within a few minutes, then you need to replace the flapper.




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