How much attention should you pay to your water bill? Probably more than you are now. Closely examining your bill could give you a hint it’s time to call Dixie Electric, Plumbing & Air to find out if you have a water leak in or outside your Montgomery or Auburn, AL home.
We’re not talking small potatoes
You may think a leak is no big deal, but leaky toilets and faucets can waste hundreds of gallons of water each day. Over time that adds up to wasted money. Here are just a few examples:
- A metal pipe with a ⅛-inch hole leaks 2,500 gallons of water every 24 hours at 40 psi
- A pinhole size leak can waste 360,000 gallons a year
- A leaking toilet can use 90,000 gallons of water in 30 days.
- Dripping faucets or outdoor spigots can waste up to 180 gallons a month
- About 1 in every 20 swimming pools has a leak.
Remember, we’re not only talking wasted money but also a waste of a valuable resource. While water shortages aren’t routine in Alabama, water conservation is always a good thing.
- The water line between the water meter (or well) and your home
This isn’t always easy to spot since the line is typically under your yard. Look for saturated areas that are wet all the time.
- Slab leaks
Many local homes are built on slab foundations with the water lines under concrete. These almost always take the services of a plumber to diagnose and locate.
- Crawl spaces and basements
These are easier to locate and fix because the pipes are not under several inches of concrete.
- Walls and/or floors
Even very slow leaks in these locations can cause lots of damage if they go undetected. Not only material damage, but health risks because of mold and bacteria growth.
Be a leak detective
There are things a homeowner can do to determine if water leaks are a problem.
- Test the supply line by closing the shutoff valve cutting the water supply to the entire house. Wait for a few minutes then look at your water meter. If you see the dial still moving, it’s an indication you have a leak somewhere in the supply line.
- Check toilets by putting a few drops of food coloring in the tank. If you start seeing colored water in the toilet you have a leak.
- Check all the faucets in the house and the outside spigots for any signs of water dripping.
Any leaks you find should be repaired quickly. If you can’t do it yourself then call Dixie for professional help.
Our pledge to you
When leak detection and repairs are needed, Dixie Electric, Plumbing & Air will do the work right the first time, every time. All plumbing repairs in your home are backed by our service & repair money back guarantee.