If your water bill is suddenly very high or you’ve noticed wet spots on your walls or floors, it may be time to chase down some hidden leaks in your home.
On March 20 -26, the Environmental Protection Agency celebrates its Fix-a-Leak Week, so now is a perfect time to play an aquatic Sherlock Holmes.
According to the EPA, average household leaks account for nearly 10,000 gallons of water wasted every year, and 10% of homes have leaks that waste more than 90 gallons of water a day.
To find out if you have leaks in your home, your Brooklyn plumbing experts at Petri Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Drain Cleaning recommend you:
If your average family of four is using more than 12,000 gallons a month, you may have a serious leak.
You can find toilet leaks by placing a drop of food coloring into the tank. If the color shows up in the bowl after 10 minutes without flushing, you have a leak.
Check your faucet gaskets and pipe fittings to see if there is water residue. If the pipe is wet on the outside, there could be a leak.
Write down the number on the meter then start a timer. Do not use any water for two hours and wait. Go back to the meter after that time and see if the numbers changed. If so, you may have a leak.
It’s also a good idea to check all your faucets, showerheads and other water outlets for drips. These are easy to see and usually easy to fix.
But, if you notice wet spots on your walls or floors and can’t identify the culprit, you probably should call a plumber immediately. You could have a serious leak inside your walls that will require a professional to fix.
If Petri can help you fix your leaks or assist you with any other plumbing problems, feel free to call us at (718) 748-1254 to find out how we can help. We offer 24/7 emergency plumbing service for those issues that need to be fixed as soon as possible.