The True Cost of a Leak
Water leaks in a home that go undetected can lead to significant damage and costly repairs. A leak may also lead to increased costs for municipal water, if the water meter is not read each month. The true costs of a leak are not fully known until a homeowner is aware of the problem.
Leaks can occur anywhere there is a water pipe in your home. Common places for a leak will include the sinks in a bathroom and kitchen. Leaks can also occur in showers, tubs, and at toilets. If the faucet in a bathroom or kitchen is leaking, then up to three gallons of water is being wasted per day. This will total 1,095 gallons of water wasted each year. Multiply the cost per gallon from your utility company to calculate the total cost of a leaking faucet.
One thing about municipal utilities is the charges for the sewers is based on total water usage. This means a water leak that is undetected can lead to an increase in charges for both water and sewer. If water use for homeowners seems higher than normal, then they need to hire a Lynnefield plumber who can find a possible leak.
Detection & Repair
The process of leak detection varies based on the plumbing in a home. You can have plumbing in walls and even under the slab of your home. If a leak is found in any of your plumbing, then the plumber has various pipe repair options to consider. This includes replacing the bad section of pipe with new copper pipe or with Pex pipe. Another option is to use epoxy to rehabilitate a bad section of pipe.
Check all the fixtures in your home periodically to ensure none have any leaks. This will include toilets in all the bathrooms and any outside faucets. If you find a possible leak, then a small repair is all that is needed to prevent any unnecessary water waste and increases in your utility bills.
If you think a leak may exist in your plumbing, then contact Waldman Plumbing and Heating at 978-666-4356 to schedule an appointment.