Whether a business or home environment, the plumbing system of any building requires maintenance and regular checks to ensure that the system is running smoothly, and is especially free from leaks. Leaking pipes and valves can not only be a nuisance for water and dampening the surrounding area, but can also lead to greater energy costs and water wastage. Save yourself some money by detecting and ultimately preventing future leaks.
Water leaks can be easily visible and easy to fix, such as a dripping tap or over-running toilet. However, the many pipes of the plumbing system are hidden in the home in walls or under concrete slabs. It can be years until noticing a leak that has been happening for a very long time, and adding to your water and energy bill unknowingly.
What to do to ensure that this isn’t happening? Check your water meter. Turn all water appliances off and check to see the indication. Return after 30 mins to an hour (with everything still off and no water used between this time) to see if there has been any change in level. If so, then you have a leak. Another telltale sign could be simply checking your water bill, if your bill has gone up recently, but your water usage has remained relatively the same, then this could also point to a leaking system. There are some other simple ways to check your building to see whether it is showing signs of leakage, such as water spots on the ceiling, the sound of running or dripping water, paint that is peeling, a musty smell or blistering wallpaper. If you come across any of these signs, then it is necessary to get in touch with a plumbing professional to assist in finding and preparing the leaks to save you money in the long term, as well as aid in the environmental conservation of water.