Water Leaks: Identification of The Problem

Allan Ostenfeld
Jul 10, 2019 · 2 min read

Leaks from pipes, plumbing fixtures, and fittings are a significant source of water waste for many households. Sure, the drips may not look like much, but as the problem of leaking persists, it can quantify into a huge amount of wasted water. Research has shown that the typical home can lose 2,000 to 20,000 gallons of water per year due to leaks.

Some leaks may be obvious for example, dripping faucets and leaking water heaters, and even those are left ignored by most homeowners. To add further problems, many homeowners don’t even know that there may be leaks in different parts of the house because they are not visible. These can be pipelines from inside the walls or anything to do with what’s inside the walls or basement.

Whole House Meter Check for Leaks

Larger leaks or a combination of small leaks can often be detected by your water meter. Using your water meter, you can perform a simple leak check with these following steps:

  1. Make sure all water is turned off and outside the home. This test must be performed when you have deactivated all automatic water equipment is used, such as irrigation controllers, washing machine, dishwashers etc.
  2. Record the reading of the water meter, and wait 15 minutes. Be certain no one uses any water during this time as the water meter will catch that reading as well.
  3. Record the reading of the meter again. If the meter has recorded water use during the test, it might be due to a leak. Verify that the water use is not due to small appliances such as water filters, water softeners, or whole house humidifiers.

It is paramount to have a water meter check for leaks and to identify the problem. Solving the problem would benefit you in several ways, from saving money from water bills, prevention of damage caused by water leaks which can lead up to possible mold formation.

Have your local water leak services do a thorough search to identify the problems which can lead to other issues which can lead to problematic fixing. Water Leak King specializes in fixing water supply line leaks, faucet, shower, and tub leaks. You can always contact us to arrange a schedule and we’ll always be present to serve you in your leaking problems.

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