The rapid increase in the world’s population and the changing lifestyles have led to an increased demand for water. Low-level rainfall in some areas has contributed to a slowdown in replenishing the water supply. Every person must do their best to conserve water, one of the most precious commodities. You can check for any water leaks in your plumbing system, no matter how small they may be.
Some water leaks aren’t obvious because they are slow. However, homeowners often ignore obvious leaks. This is due to their inability to recognize that even small leaks can add up to hundreds, if not thousands of gallons per year if they are ignored. Imagine what it would look like if homeowners adopted this attitude.
Water leaks can cause water shortages around the world, as well as damage to certain parts of your home’s structures. Your home’s structural elements could be damaged, causing it to deteriorate more quickly, or even causing structural collapse.
Installing a water leak detector device is one way to detect water leakage. It is also possible to inspect the plumbing system of your home manually.
There are two types of water leak detection systems
These devices can be used to detect passive leaks. They are usually a stand-alone device that is powered by a battery. When the sensors get wet, these devices emit an alarm sound. Passive leak detection systems allow homeowners to locate the source of water damage and make repairs. These devices are powered by batteries so you need to make sure they are working properly.
Active Leak Detection: This system sets off an alarm when it detects water leaks. This system stops water flow automatically, in addition to the alarm. It could use either moisture sensors or flow sensors to detect water leakage.
There are two types of active water leak detection systems
Individual Appliance System – This system checks for leaks in one appliance and turns off the water supply to that appliance when there are leaks.
Whole House Systems – This system monitors the water supply and shuts off the main water supply when there are any leaks. The whole house system is composed of multiple moisture sensors, which send out a signal to control the valve via a radio signal or wiring connections.
Every house is different and each situation is different. This makes it difficult to determine which type of water leak system will be applicable. While a few basic systems can be installed by homeowners, more complex systems should only be done by qualified plumbers like MBHS Plumbing.
If your home doesn’t have a water leak detector, you can still inspect the house for water leaks. Water leaks are most common in areas that have plumbing fixtures or appliances that consume water. Water leaks are most commonly found in the following areas:
- The toilet and bathroom area, especially in the water heating system, faucet, and showerhead.
- Kitchen, especially in the faucet, dishwasher, or water heating system
- Laundry room
- Spa and pool
- Water Meter
- Garage and basement
- Detecting Water Leaks In Your House
- Even though nobody flushes it, water can still move from the tank to its toilet bowl.
- Even though the toilet isn’t being used, it flushes itself.
You can test if your toilet leaks by coloring it with food coloring. A leak is detected if you can see the color in your toilet after a few minutes, even if it has not been flushed.
There is no obvious discoloration of the wall, ceiling, or carpet.
You can detect water leakages in your sprinkler system using methods to detect leaks within the hidden piping system.
Examine your water bill. You should immediately contact a Myrtle Beach plumber if you have a higher than average water bill for the same consumption.
If left unattended, water leaks can get worse over time. If you want to prevent water damage and save money, you must immediately address the problem.
If you think you might have water problems, call MBHS Plumbing. You may reach us at (843) 353-6283.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577