Did you know that water leaks cause an estimated 6 billion dollars and waste around 1 trillion gallons of water each year? It’s no secret that a small water leak can turn into a big problem very quickly. The last thing you want is to be left paying for water damage that could have been prevented with a little maintenance and careful observation. It’s important to be aware of some of the most common types of water leaks, where you might find them, the damage they can cause, and what you can do to protect your home or business.
Tubs & Showers
- If you notice a lot more water than your wet footprints out of the tub or shower, then you might have a leak. Showerhead leaks alone can waste up to 500 gallons of water per year! The most common reason for a bathtub leak is a faulty seal. It’s a fix you can most likely do on your own.
- If leaks go unchecked water can seep through to the subfloor, into walls, and along backboards. If left untreated mold can begin to grow and spread.
- Toilet leaks can mean big spikes in your water bill. The most common culprit of leaks is an eroded flapper. This rubber part is located inside the top part of the toilet and is connected to the flusher with a metal chain. Luckily, it can be taken care of quickly and with little cost. Routinely checking to make sure the flapper is not stuck down and replacing the flapper every two years is recommended to avoid leaks.
- It is also recommended to check that assemblies and water cut-off valves work in case of a larger leak. Replace rubber connection lines with steel braided supply lines to further prevent leaks.
- A leaky faucet may not seem like a big deal, but ignoring it can mean water waste and future damage. Washers and gaskets should be checked and replaced if necessary. In some circumstances, the entire faucet may need to be replaced.
- Cracked or warped flooring under sinks is a sign there may be a leak. Check for condensation or corrosion up around pipes. Replace rubber pipes with steel-braided lines for added security. If sink leaks are left unchecked mold can easily become your next problem.
Hot Water Heater
- If a water heater tank rusts out it can mean gallons of water spilling out onto your floor or into your basement. Water heaters should be checked annually for signs of corrosion, leaks, or a tank that bulges. A professional should be called every three years for maintenance.
Washing Machine Hoses
- Washing machine failure is one of the most expensive insurance claims. Hoses are always running so if they burst, you may have a disaster on your hands. Machine hoses should be replaced every five years. Consider using steel-braided hoses instead of rubber for added protection. It is also recommended to turn off the water supply to the machine if you will be away from your home for an extended time.
- This kitchen tool works hard to do the dirty work, and after years of tough jobs, it can wear out and start to leak. These leaks will often smell foul. Water from the leak that saturates into wood cabinets can cause mold growth, so fixing it quickly is important.
Water leaks are a common problem that can cost big bucks and lead to a lot of damage. Knowing what to look out for and keeping up on maintenance in your home and business is the best way to prevent loss and destruction. If you notice a leak, don’t put off fixing it. And if you do find yourself dealing with a larger issue be sure to call the professionals that can help. Pro Response Restoration is available 24/7 for any of your water emergency needs. If you need us, we’ll be there!
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