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It looks small: the drip in the kitchen sink or the bathroom shower head. It may be so small, that you forget about it until the next time you see it.

But that little drip can add up to a lot, in both water waste and money, if it’s not attended to. It’s time to start some leak detection.

Plumber Fort Lauderdale and Leak Detection

Current estimations put annual household water loss at anywhere from 2000 to 20,000 gallons per year. A dripping faucet that seems benign can waste over a 1000 gallons a year. This is a waste of water and money not just to your household, but for the community and water utility company as well.

The culprits of indoor household leaks are mostly found in the following places:

Plumbing Fort Lauderdale – Leak Detection in the Kitchen

Your dishwasher, refrigerator and sink can hide a lot of leaks. Maintain your appliances and help detect any water leakage by doing the following:

    • Dishwasher – check the hose or line that connects your dishwasher to its water supply. Check around the bottom of your dishwasher for any water, discoloration from water or any flooring that seems soft.
    • Refrigerator – if your refrigerator came with an ice make or water spout, check the water supply line going from your refrigerator to the source. You also want to check the floor around the refrigerator to make sure that it is not wet or starting to go soft.
    • Sink – check the caulk around your sink and any washers you may have attached to the spigots and faucets. These items wear out, and replacing them is a lot cheaper than allowing a leak to occur and go on for months. You should also check your pipes for any clogs that will cause water to back-up.

Fort Lauderdale Plumbing – Leak Detection in the Bathroom

The bathroom can be a major source of water leaks. By examining the following, you can save yourself some future possible repairs:

    • Showers and tubs – as with the kitchen sink, check the caulking around your tub. Feel the wall around your faucet to make sure it doesn’t feel wet or soft; this would indicate a leak behind the wall.
    • Toilets – toilets can leak for months without notice. If there is a leak, it is likely leaking directly through to your sewer or septic system. Research estimates that 20-35% of all residential toilets leak.
    • The best way to tell if there is a leak is to listen to your toilet when not in use: if you hear a constant running, hissing or gurgling sound coming from your toilet, you probably have a leak.

 Plumbing in Fort Lauderdale – Leak Detection in Humidifiers and Coolers 

If your house has either a humidifier or cooler, you’ll want to do the following to check for leaks:

    • Humidifier – check to make sure your unit’s refill valve is working properly. If it is stuck open, it will leak directly into your sewer or septic system. If you shut off your humidifier seasonally, make sure you unhook it to your water supply for the months it is not in use.
    • Cooler – if the refill valve is stuck here, the cooler will continually pull water from your water supply and leak straight through to your sewer or septic system. Check to make sure the valve is working properly.

There are several options available, so it is best to consult with us to determine which one would be right for you.

If you find you have a number of problems with leaks in your home,  call Douglas Orr Plumbing, we are your trusted Plumber Fort Lauderdale that can educate you on installing a leak detection system in your home.

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