There’s a Leak in the House! Check for These Signs

houseA small drip from your leaky faucet may not be that much. But if you leave that for a long time, it can add to your bills. It makes you waste natural resources, too.

According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the average leaks per household “can account for more than 10,000 gallons of water wasted every year.” That’s equivalent to the amount of water that can wash 270 loads of laundry.

To detect a leaky faucet, use any of these recommendations from the EPA and water hearing repair experts in Salt Lake City.

  • Check winter usage

You may have a serious leak problem at home if you have a family of four and your water use in the winter is more than 12,000 gallons per month.

  • Check the water meter

Turn off all your faucets at home. Then check your water meter. Do this twice in between a two-hour period with no one using the water.

  • A drop of food coloring

To know if there’s a leak in your toilet, put a drop of food coloring in the tank. Wait for 15 minutes before flushing.  If the color appears in the bowl, there’s a leak. Flush it immediately to avoid staining your toilet bowl.

  • Check faucet and gasket for wear

Worn out faucet washers and gaskets might need a replacement to prevent leaking.

  • Lay down paper towels on damp area

To detect water heater leak, put some paper towels in damp areas in your toilet. Then check it after a few hours. If the same thing happens the next day and you find no other sources for the leak, your water heater could be the cause.

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There are several problems that can lead to a leaking water heater. It can be a problem with the connections for cold water inlet and hot water outlet, the temperature and water relief valve, the heater drain valve, or the hot water tank.

Promote water efficiency at home and in your community by watching out for leaks. Do these recommendations regularly and be ready to act on any problem.