If you find a small leak in a faucet or pipe, you may think it’s no big deal. While a slow leak may not be a plumbing emergency, there are a number of reasons to fix a leak before it becomes more of a problem. A small leak that is constantly going can increase your water bill and cause water damage to floors, ceilings, or walls. You can try fixing the leak on your own, but if you find yourself fumbling with plumbing fixtures and can’t get the faucet on correctly, it’s time to call in a plumber who can handle the job for you.
When a Small Leak Goes Undetected
Some of the biggest water damage problems are due to a small leak that goes undetected. Once you discover a slow leak, it’s possible that there is always plenty of damage done to your property. Water that drips over time will seep into wood, drywall, and any other porous surface. The water will spread, causing the surface to weaken. You may have mold or mildew buildup because of the leak, and it will be necessary to clean out the area and repair the damage.
The Average Home Can Lose 10,000 Gallons a Year
A home with a leaky faucet and a toilet flapper that doesn’t close all the way can lose up to 10,000 gallons of water every year. This is enough water to account for roughly 10% of your water bill, a decent savings every year if you fix all of the leaks in your home. A dripping sink can be fixed by replacing the washers and gaskets inside, or by replacing the current faucet with a new one. You can try to replace a faucet on your own, but it’s important to remember to shut off the water to the faucet before you try this.
Finding a Leak in Your Home
If you have checked the faucets, shower heads and visible plumbing in your home for leaks, you can also take a good look at your water bill. Find your water meter and write down the current reading. Wait for two hours and don’t use any water in the home. If the water meter changes, you probably have a leak in your home. To test your toilet tank for leaks, put a drop of food coloring into the tank and see if it seeps into the toilet bowl.