Leaky Facts

Water tap on the street in beams of the morning sun

Water tap on the street in beams of the morning sun

Leaks may simply seem bothersome, but they are also costly and they can cause a great deal of damage over time. In case you haven’t noticed, the world is beginning to run a little low on potable water, and that makes the US EPA a bit concerned. They posted a list of facts concerning leaks on their website, and today I am sharing a portion of those facts and hints with you:

“Faucets and Showerheads:

  • A leaky faucet that drips at the rate of one drip per second can waste more than 3,000 gallons per year. That’s the amount of water needed to take more than 180 showers!
  • Leaky faucets can be fixed by checking faucet washers and gaskets for wear and replacing them if necessary. If you are replacing a faucet, look for the WaterSense label.
  • A showerhead leaking at 10 drips per minute wastes more than 500 gallons per year. That’s the amount of water it takes to wash 60 loads of dishes in your dishwasher.
  • Most leaky showerheads can be fixed by ensuring a tight connection using pipe tape and a wrench. If you are replacing a showerhead, look for one that has earned the WaterSense label.

Toilets:

  • If your toilet is leaking, the cause is often an old, faulty toilet flapper. Over time, this inexpensive rubber part decays, or minerals build up on it. It’s usually best to replace the whole rubber flapper—a relatively easy, inexpensive do-it-yourself project that pays for itself in no time.
  • If you do need to replace the entire toilet, look for a WaterSense labeled model. If the average family replaces its older, inefficient toilets with new WaterSense labeled ones, it could save 13,000 gallons per year. Retrofitting the house could save the family nearly $2,400 in water and waste water bills over the lifetime of the toilets.”

If you have a leak, no matter how small, call us. Once it gets bigger, the cost and time to repair the leak and any damage it has caused gets significantly larger!!

Lucien Rizio

Lucien Rizio, Vero Beach Plumber

Leak Detection

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We talked about having an undetected water leak in your home, and how we can find it quickly using our leak detection device, but what can you do yourself to detect a leak?

  1. If you suspect a leak, the first thing to do is shut off all your faucets, showers, the water valve leading to your washer, and your toilets and check to see if your meter continues to run.
  2.  If you have a well on your property, check to see if it is running constantly.
  3. If you don’t have water gushing into your house, send someone outside to where your meter is located. Flush the toilets one at a time, wait until the tank fills back up, then check to see if the meter is still running.
  4. If water is pouring out, locate the main water shut off for your home and shut that off and call us.

Because water doesn’t always puddle at the source of a leak, if your leak is not one you can find quickly using any of the above methods, IRC plumbing has Leak Detection Equipment which takes the guess work out of finding leaks.

We have been in the plumbing business here in Indian River County for enough years that we can tell where some of the more common sources of leaks will be, but sometimes leaks are sneaky and they occur in less obvious areas. The most difficult leaks to pinpoint can be leaks in your slab. That is why we have made the investment in Leak Detector.

Leak detectors use sound to detect where a leak is coming from. It is actually more complex than that, but you don’t need the details, you just need to know that we know how to read the information that comes from our Leak Detection Equipment in order to diagnose and ultimately repair whatever leaks are causing you problems.

Lucien Rizio

Lucien Rizio, Vero Beach Plumber

Leak Detection

Vero Beach Plumber, leak detection equipment

People think the first sign of a leak somewhere in your home is water. That is true sometimes, and other times it is your water bill. If you usually pay $60 per month for water, and this month the bill is $200, then you have a leak!

We had one customer whose water bill spiked like this, with none of the usual puddles appearing around their home. So where was the leak? In this particular instance it was a toilet in their bathroom. It wasn’t making any noise because it was dripping ever so slightly, but it was constant and it caused their water meter to keep running. Because there weren’t any visible signs of a leak, that is the first place we checked. It was a simple and relatively inexpensive leak to fix, and the next month their water bill was back to normal, but it was a good thing they had us check it out or they would have continued to have overly high water bills.

Slab leaks are another one that can be difficult to detect. If you have a slow leak from a pinhole in a pipe, back behind a piece of furniture, they can be difficult to detect, and as the water leaks it can take a pinhole in a pipe and overtime the hole will get bigger, ultimately causing a much larger problem.

If you water bill seems to be rising each month, and you haven’t had extra company or aren’t doing more laundry, it is a good idea to give us a call, and Lucien can use our leak detection equipment to track down that leak for you.

 

IRC PlumbingLucien Rizio, Vero Beach Plumber

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