Time: 30 minutes
A small leak can quickly become a big problem. 10% of American homes have leaks that waste at least 90 gallons a day, and combined, household leaks waste more than 1 trillion gallons of water nationwide every year. Whether you want to lower your water bills or protect your home from expensive water damage, it pays to check up on your plumbing.
What's in it for you?
- Fewer repairs
- Water damage prevention
- Lower bills
Faucets & Drains:
- Look under your sinks for signs of water damage. Leaks are most likely to occur where pipes join together, so pay extra attention to these areas. Left unattended, even small leaks can warp your cabinets and floor tiles.
- Watch how the water drains. It should swirl fully around the drain. Bubbling drains are signs of a larger problem, like a collapsed or damaged pipe, and should be inspected by a pro ASAP.
Showers & Tubs:
- Turn on shower and bath faucets and look for leaks. Check around the handles and valves, and check to make sure the escutcheon plate screws are still tight. An escutcheon plate is a circular cover around valves and plumbing fixtures that keeps the area water-tight while allowing access for maintenance and repairs.
- If you missed our toilet tank check in June, now’s your chance! Rubber gloves and a little food dye will help you keep your toilet flushing properly.
- Pay attention to the sound your toilet makes after flushing. Listen for hissing, trickling, or whooshing sounds, and make sure it doesn’t begin running again after the tank is full and the water has stopped. Toilet leaks are the primary cause of high water bills and can waste up to 7,000 gallons of water a month.
- Gently press against the toilet base to make sure it doesn’t rock. If it does, a leak may have damaged the floor around it and a pro should take a look ASAP.
Around the House:
- Do a ceiling-to-floor check for leaks throughout your home. Look for signs of leaks in your exposed piping, and in areas where the pipes run through the ceiling, walls, and foundation. Water spots, paint bubbles, buckled floorboards, and damp carpets are all signs of a major problem and should be inspected by a pro ASAP.
- Keep an eye out for pools of water beneath your dishwasher, refrigerator, or hot tub. Left unattended, loose or leaking hoses and water supply lines can lead to major water damage.
- Look for signs of corrosion on exposed plumbing lines. Corrosion can indicate a problem with your water or with the pipe. Watch for green staining around brass and copper fittings, which will lead to leaks as the metal corrodes.
While you're checking for plumbing leaks, it's a great time to make sure your tiles, caulking, and gaskets are still water-tight.
- Look for cracked tiles in the shower area or around sinks. Tap on the tiles to look for loose or hollow ones that could be masking a rotten backer board. If you find a problem, get it fixed ASAP to avoid further damage to your flooring and walls.
- Check caulking for cracks and tears. It’s best to replace aging caulk before mildew and water damage has a chance to take hold.
- Slide the shower door and examine the gasket (rubber or plastic seal). The door should slide easily and the tracks should be free of rust or other obstructions. You’ll also want to make sure the gasket is free of gaps and tears.
Find a problem? Give us a call at 844-99-SUPER and we’ll send a pro ASAP.