Mankind’s demand for water has increased significantly due to the rapid growth in world population as well as the changes in their lifestyle. Apart from that, low-level rainfall in a few areas of the world has played a role in the slow down in the replenishment of the water supply. Therefore, every one of us must make do whatever we can to conserve one of the most important commodities, which is water. One thing you can do is to look for water leaks in your plumbing system regardless of how small these leaks could be.
Even though some water leaks are not too obvious because they are too slow, there are some obvious leaks that are commonly ignored by a few homeowners. It is because of their ignorance of the fact that small leaks if left ignored, could sum up into hundreds if not thousands of gallons in a single year. Imagine what would happen if all homeowners had that kind of attitude.
Water leaks do not just contribute to worldwide water shortage, it can also damage some parts of your home’s structure. Damages to the structural elements of your home could cause your home to deteriorate faster, be at risk of structural collapse, and even cause the occupants to get injured.
Water leak detection can be performed by installing a water leak detection device, which is available in the market these days. You can also do it manually by inspecting areas and parts of your home’s plumbing system.
Two Kinds of Water Leak Detection System
Passive leak detection – these devices are commonly stand-alone equipment that is battery operated. These devices set off an alarm sound when their sensors become wet. The passive leak detection system lets homeowners find the exact location of the water leak and perform the needed repairs. You have to check these devices regularly especially since they are operated by batteries.
Active Leak Detection – this system also sets off an alarm whenever it detects water leaks. Apart from the alarm, this system automatically stops the flow of water. When it comes to monitoring water leaks, it could either use moisture or a flow sensor.
Two Types of Active Leak Detection System
Individual Appliance System – checks leaks from one appliance and shuts off water supply automatically to the appliance when leaks are detected.
Whole House Systems – monitors water leaks in the entire house and turns off the main water supply to your home when leaks are detected. A whole house system is made up of several moisture sensors that send a signal to regulate the valve through a radio signal or through wiring connections.
Each house is unique and has a distinct situation to know what kind of water leak system is applicable. A few simple systems could be installed by the homeowner, however, complex systems should be installed only by a qualified plumber.
In case your home does not have a water leak detection device, you can always inspect your house regularly for signs of water leaks. Water leaks commonly happen in areas where appliances that are water consuming are placed and in areas where plumbing fixtures are installed. Among the most common areas where water leaks are commonly found include:
The bathroom and toilet area particularly in the water heating system, faucet, and shower head
- Kitchen particularly in the faucet, dishwasher, or the water heating system
- Laundry room
- Pool and spa
- Water meter
- Garage and basement area
Detecting Water Leaks In Your House
- Water moves from the tank to the toilet bowl even when nobody is flushing it.
- The toilet is flushing itself even if it is not being used.
- One way to check if your toilet is leaking is by adding food coloring the toilet tank. If you see the color in the blow after a few minutes even if it is not flushed then there is a leak.
- Obvious discoloration on the carpet, ceiling, or wall.
- Water leaks in your sprinkling system can be detected using ways to detect leaks in the hidden piping system.
- Check your water bill. If you have a higher water bill with the same consumption, you should contact a plumber Myrtle Beach right away.
Water leaks will get worse through time and if left unattended. You have to deal with this right away if you want to save money and prevent damage to your home.
Call MBHS Plumbing if you suspect that you have problems with water leaks.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577