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3 Essential Leak Detection Tips

3 Ways to Detect a Water Leak in Your Home

When it comes to finding a water leak in your San Mateo home, many times it can take the skills of a detective to locate the cause of the leak. However frustrating it can be, it’s important to find the leak and fix it as soon as possible.

Otherwise, the wasted water will continue to lead to much higher than normal water bills each month. While some people may think a few drops of water coming from a sink are nothing to worry about, the fact is more than 1,000 gallons of water can be wasted annually just from a sink or toilet leaking. If a water leak is suspected in a home, there are many techniques to use in order to fix the problem.

San Mateo, CA PlumberToilet Leaks

A common problem in many homes, a leaking toilet can prove to be very wasteful when it comes to water. Because these leaks may not be detected for months due to toilets operating very quietly, they can lead to many increased water bills before being detected.

To determine if the toilet is leaking, the tank’s lid should be taken off and the tank examined. If there are any hissing or gurgling sounds coming from the tank, that means it is leaking water non-stop and a plumber should be called to make the needed repairs.

Damaged Pipes

In many older homes or homes that are located in cold weather areas, pipes can get damaged due to cracks or corrosion and produce water leaks. If pipes are located in basements, crawlspaces, garages, or attics, the constant contraction and expansion due to changing temperatures may cause pipes to develop slight cracks that may be hard to see at first glance.

However, if water is found on the floor underneath pipes or water damage is being found on furniture or ceilings, leaks are probably present. If pipes need to be repaired or replaced, a qualified plumber should be hired to do the job.

Dripping Faucets

Whether it is a kitchen sink or bathroom faucet, constant dripping can prove a water leak exists and lead to gallon after gallon of water being wasted. If left dripping, a faucet can waste anywhere from 500-1,000 gallons of water per year and cause water bills to be much higher than normal. With the current drought, that’s the last thing your San Mateo home should be wasting.

If a faucet continues to drip long after it has been turned off, it will require the services of a plumber to fix.

Call Caccia Plumbing at (650) 376-6800 today to get your system checked out by a professional plumber!

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