Most home and business owners don’t have time to think about something as trivial as a water leak. It’s only when a water leak becomes a bigger problem then we jump into action. An extremely high water bill might get us thinking. A water spot on our wall or ceiling can spark some action too.
We Can’t Completely Avoid All Water Leaks
Can we avoid them? Yes, some we can, but not all. Most of them go unnoticed until we see the damage. The fact is, everything is eventually going to wear out.
- The pipes in our home have a 40 to 50-year life expectancy.
- Your water heater is expected to last 10 to 15 years.
- The insides of your toilets break down, and our toilets start to leak.
- Our faucets are expected to last 10 to 12 years.
- Showerheads eventually break down and leak.
When they do wear down, they begin to leak. Not to mention, a slab leak can occur from a shifting foundation. Taking care of water leaks is part of maintaining our homes, especially if we live in an older home.
10% Of Households In The US Have Water Leaks
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the average household leaks can account for nearly 10,000 gallons of water wasted every year. They also stated that 10% of households have water leaks that waste 90 gallons of water per day. The real problem is knowing if we have a leak so that we can jump into action.
Can We Avoid Getting A Water Leak?
While yes. some water leaks can be avoidable, others need early detection. If you live in a home that’s older than 40 years old and you already have experienced a water leak from your pipes, make sure your pipes are checked out by a licensed plumbing contractor. Check your water pressure and make sure it’s set between 40 and 80 pounds per inch (PSI). Over 80 PSI will put stress on your pipes and appliances. For less than ten dollars, you can purchase a water pressure gauge that attaches right to your faucet. Keep a close eye on your water bill if you think it’s too high or if you see a sudden spike. That’s when you’ll need to check for a water leak.
Common Causes Of Water Leaks and How to Check For A Leak
Common types of leaks that are found in the home are dripping faucets, leaky showerheads, worn toilet flappers, dripping outdoor spigot, and our leaking irrigation. You don’t even have to be a do-it-yourself’er to check your home or business for a water leak.
Here’s How To Check For A Leak?
- Turn off all the water in your home.
- Remove the lid on the water meter.
- With a pen and paper, write down the reading.
- Recheck the meter every thirty minutes for two hours. If the meter moves then you have a leak. Wait, but you’re not done yet!
- Locate the turn off valve to your irrigation and turn the handle to “off” position.
- Again, wait and check it every thirty minutes. If the meter stops, then the leak is coming from the irrigation. If the reading continues, then your leak is in the home.
Call your leak detection expert at Big B’s Plumbing. We have you covered!