Most Common Plumbing Leaks

Did you know that the average home can lose 2,000 to 20,000 gallons of water over a period of a year due to plumbing leaks? Leaks that are produced from pipes, fittings and plumbing fixtures can be a significant cause of water waste for many households. While some leaks can be obvious such as dripping faucets many others go undetected for long periods of time because they are not easily detectable.

Water Supply Line Leaks

The water supply line is one source of leaks that should be checked regularly. These are leaks that occur between the water meter and the home. These leaks can often be difficult to detect simply because the supply pipe is commonly buried 3 feet or more below the surface of the ground. If you notice that meter box has water in it, and the water isn’t caused by rain or run-off, this could suggest there is a leak in the supply line. Check where the supply line is above the ground and/or enters the house as this is another common exit point for the leaking water. If you notice the soil is consistently damp at these areas this may also suggest a leak. If there is a very severe leak, you will notice the water seeping up towards the ground surface. This is commonly found directly above the path of the underground pipe.  Always contact a professional plumber for repairs of this kind, never attempt these repairs yourself.

Faucet and Tub Leaks

Faucet, tub and shower leaks are also very common in the home. Repairing faucet leaks are usually quite simple.  If a faucet drips slowly at approximately one drop at every two seconds, it can waste 1,000 gallons or more per year.   Depending on the type of faucet there are different types of repairs that might be needed. There are four main types of faucets in most homes:  ball types, compression valve, ceramic discs, and cartridge types.  Each of these styles has its own methods of repair. If you are handy with tools and able to make minor home repairs you might be able to attempt faucet leak repairs on your own.

Toilet Leaking Problems

Toilets can often be the most common source of water leaks.  Often these leaks will go unnoticed simply because the leaks are usually quiet and not easily visible.  Some studies have discovered that 20% to 35% of all toilets in residences do leak.  A large toilet leak can be noticed if the valve constantly gives off a gurgling or hissing noise while the toilet is not being used.

You can check for possible leaks by removing the tank lid and inspecting the flush mechanisms. The tank water level should not be higher than 1 inch below the top of the over-flow tube.  If you notice that the water level is all the way to the very top of the over-flow tube, this could mean that the water is very slowly leaking into the over-flow tube and eventually down the drain.  For an accurate diagnosis of water leaks in your home you should contact professionals plumbers who will accurately inspect your house’s plumbing.