Water leaks in your home can be costly if not spotted and repaired quickly. In this article, we will offer some helpful tips for homeowners. WaterSmart Systems & Plumbing has been operating in the Kitchener-Waterloo area for 25 years, and our fully insured and licensed master plumbers can tackle any water leaks affecting your home. Contact WaterSmart today - we make sure every job is done properly, in a timely manner, and to your satisfaction.
How to Spot and Repair Water Leaks
For the most accurate assessment of potential water leaks in your home, we recommend calling a professional plumbing service. A leaky pipe or toilet can waste enormous amounts of water and incur unnecessary costs for homeowners, both in terms of repairs and on your monthly water bill.
Note: the exact location of a leak may not always be immediately obvious. Some leaks may start at one location, then flow along a ledge or other channel before they drain down and create visible damage. Look for wet, warped, or discoloured stains on your ceilings, floors, walls, and woodwork.
Many water pipes are located inside walls, ceilings, floors, or other places that are difficult to access. When an interior pipe is leaking, some demolition may be required to access and repair the pipe.
A few ways you can spot water leaks
1. Track your water usage on monthly bills
Water leaks aren't always readily apparent. You might not always see or hear their effect. If you look at your monthly water bills and see an uptick in consumption that seems out of the ordinary, chances are there's something going on between the walls or under your floors that will become a major issue if not fixed right away.
For more on billing and water rates in the Region of Waterloo, click here.
2. Watch your meter dial
Rather than waiting for your monthly bill, you can take a more immediate approach and simply take a look a the water meter dial outside your home. Make sure all faucets are turned off and there are no running toilets in your home. If there is a movement of the red dial when water is not in use, this can signal a leak.
Check to see of the red dial on your water meter is moving when no water is running in your home.
3. Conduct a dye test in your toilet
We've written about this method more extensively in a previous article, but here's a brief recap.
Begin by removing your toilet tank lid. With the lid off, you need to push the flush lever down and wait for the tank to refill to the designated water line to fully complete the flush cycle. Next, you need to drop about 4 or 5 drops of food colouring into the toilet tank. To avoid potential confusion, use a dark colour such as blue or red instead of yellow.
After waiting approximately 30 minutes, check the water in your toilet bowl. If the water is clear, you're in the clear! If there are shades of the food colouring present, you've got a leak.
It's good practice to do this experiment in all the toilets in your home to make sure it's an isolated leak.
A simple dye test can reveal water leaks in your toilets.
Quick repairs for water leaks
Leaking faucets are generally a result of a worn rubber washer, located under the handle. These are relatively easy to replace if you have the right tools. It does require shutting off the water under the sink or at the main shutoff valve and removing the handle.
Toilet leaks can waste hundreds of gallons and often times are silent. Even a small leak can add up to a lot of wasted water and money over time. Fortunately, most toilet leaks are easy and inexpensive to repair. In most cases, you will simply need to replace the toilet flapper, as seen in the following video:
Flapper Valve Leaks
The most common reason for a leaking toilet is an improperly working or sealing flapper. The flapper is the rubber valve in the bottom of the tank that lifts up when the toilet is flushed. If the flapper is worn or cracked, it allows water to continuously flow from the tank into the toilet bowl without flushing. Replace if and when necessary.
Flush Handle Problems
If the handle needs to be jiggled to keep the toilet from running, the flush level bar and chain (or the handle itself) may be sticking. Adjust the nut that secures it in the toilet tank. If that does not work, the handle may have to be replaced.
Click here to read more on how to fix a leaky toilet. Any water leaks that require more extensive repairs should be left in the hands of trained professionals.
The best way to fix water leaks is to call a professional plumber.
Trust WaterSmart To Fix Water Leaks
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For 25 years, we have brought our expertise to Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, Guelph, and the surrounding areas. We are confident that you will be completely satisfied with our exemplary customer service. Contact us today and remember - no job is too big or too small for us.