Leaks in your home’s plumbing system can quietly drain your bank account. Aside from steep water bills, leaks can lead to severe structural damage and damp conditions can promote the growth of mold and mildew. Here are three of the most common household leaks to watch out for.
Constantly Running Toilet
Never ignore a toilet that runs constantly. A running toilet can waste thousands of gallons of water a month, which ultimately causes your water bill to spike. To save money, it’s important to call in a licensed plumber as soon as possible. The root of the problem could be something simple, such as a float that needs to be adjusted. There’s also a good chance the toilet’s flapper is leaking. Luckily, this is typically an inexpensive part to replace.
Some homeowners wait entirely too long to fix a dripping faucet. It can cause the same problems as a constantly running toilet. In most instances, a simple repair is needed. Oftentimes, the issue stems from a worn-out rubber washer in the faucet. A corroded valve seat could also be the culprit. The worst-case scenario is that you need a new faucet. Hard water, which contains an excessive amount of minerals, can cause a buildup of sediment. This ultimately damages the inner workings of the fixture.
Sprinkler Head Leaks
Aside from helping to keep your grass green, a sprinkler system in the yard makes the summer more fun for small kids. If a sprinkler head is still emitting water after you’ve turned the system off, a repair is obviously needed. A leaky valve inside the sprinkler head could be the issue. A bit of debris or dirt may have gotten stuck in the head. While cleaning the valve may solve the problem, this isn’t always the case. A badly corroded valve seat must be replaced.
Bottom line: The good thing about these leaks is that they’re visible. You know they’re happening! However, not all leaks are as obvious. The worst leaks happen underground or within your walls. If your water bill is rising for unknown reasons, you could have a hidden leak. EJ Plumbing will work quickly to identify and fix these unseen leaks. To schedule an appointment, call (650) 513-8852.