Drip… Drip… Drip… A water leak in any part of your home can be costly on your water bill, damaging to your home, and really annoying. Water leaks are likely to develop in several notable places – here are some of the most common:
- Faucets: From your bathroom to the mudroom and the kitchen, faucets are by far the most common places for water leaks to occur. Although a dripping faucet only lets loose a drop every few seconds, this amounts to lots of water over time (more than 1,000 gallons in a year!).
- Toilets: An overflowing toilet is not the only plumbing problem to beware of for leaks in the bathroom. Toilet leaks can go on unnoticed for awhile, because they usually happen silently and/or somewhere out of view. If the toilet tends to ‘run’ for long periods of time after flushing, or there is a hissing or gurgling noise coming from the toilet when not in use, it’s likely that a leak has developed.
- Bathroom Seals: The sealant around your tub, shower, and toilet can develop a leak over time. This can lead to problems as minimal as water seeping out to the floor, or as catastrophic as sewage leaking or water damage to the sub-floor and beyond.
- Roof: The roof is covered with possible locations where water leaks can develop. Everything from a shingle nail that has come out of the roof sheathing to poorly maintained flashings against the chimney could create an opportunity for moisture to get under your roofing and damage your home.
- Pool/Fountain: While we don’t have a lot of private residential pools in the Puget Sound, they do exist, and there are plenty of beautiful running fountains and small ponds to decorate landscaping. Because pools and fountains are often located outdoors, their exposure to the elements and harsher conditions can create leaks over time. Even a pinhole-sized leak in your pool’s plumbing system can loose more than 950 gallons of water in just 24 hours.
If you develop a water leak in one of these places, or others, please contact us for quick, affordable leak detection and repair.
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