Facts About Household Leaks You Didn’t Know
No matter how hard we try, sometimes, we just can’t escape issues like water leaks. Leaks can happen for a number of reasons, so being aware of even the most uncommon facts about leaks can help you save money and take action when one occurs.
Here are some facts about leaks that sometimes go unnoticed!
Leaks Can Occur Anywhere
Whether you’re aware of them or not, leaks can occur just about anywhere. They can be in plain sight, or somewhere you wouldn’t notice like underground, in walls, above ceilings, underneath your floors, or near your home’s water meter.
There are some subtle and not-so-subtle signs that can point to a leaking pipe in or around your home. Here’s what to look out for:
A higher water bill than normal.
Musty odors from mold and mildew.
Chipped or damaged wallpaper or paint.
Cracking tiles in floors, showers, or around tubs.
Water spots on ceilings or walls.
Damp spots on carpets.
While these signs may seem obvious, sometimes they’re easy to miss and may come as a surprise when you finally begin to notice there’s a difference.
Leaks Occur Outdoors
Even if you don’t notice any differences inside your home, you should still be on the lookout for signs of leaks outdoors. Here are some interesting facts about outdoor leaks:
Outdoor leaks can be identified by greener patches of grass.
Garden hoses, spigots, and sprinkler systems can leak and waste water.
Around 6,300 gallons of water per year is wasted from undetected outdoor leaks.
Leaks can occur during spring if pipes were previously cracked from freezing.
The best way to determine if you have an outdoor leak is to call your local plumber for leak detection services. Often, pipes outside go overlooked because people mostly use water inside the home. The best indicator to search for leaks outside is by paying attention to changes to your monthly water bill.
Most Leaks are Easy to Repair
Like anything else, if you catch a leak fast enough, you will be able to keep a small leak from turning into an even bigger problem. Small leaks, or leaks indoors, are sometimes easy to repair and aren’t as expensive as if you notice a leak and choose to ignore it.
Easy to repair leaks can be caused by dripping faucets, worn toilet flappers, faulty valves, or malfunctioning washing machines and refrigerators. Usually, you can easily fix these small leaks yourself with a little help from the internet; however, we suggest always relying on a professional to repair even the smallest leaks correctly.
Leaks Can Cause Structural Damage
It’s no secret that leaks can cause damage to your walls and flooring, but they can also threaten your home’s structure. If your home is on a slab, you may become a victim to slab leaks that will jeopardize the foundation of your home. It can cause your home to shift, cause cracks in the foundation, and other extensive damage.
Other Quick Facts About Household Leaks
Here are a few more interesting facts about household leaks:
About 10,000 gallons of water can be wasted every year due to household leaks.
About 10% of homeowners will have a leak and waste almost 90 gallons of water per day, even from dripping faucets.
The most common cause of faucet leaks is turning the faucet off too hard and stripping the washers and gaskets over time.
Showerheads leak water if they’re too loose and most times go ignored, wasting water.
It’s better to replace worn and old appliances that constantly leak than fix them, depending on repair costs.