Save Money on Your Water Bill--Tips from Roto-Rooter in Sunnyvale

Save Money on Your Water Bill--Tips from Roto-Rooter in Sunnyvale

Leaks in your home can cost you a lot of money. First, they can increase your water bill dramatically, especially if the leak is in the toilet. Second, they can cause extensive damage that is costly to repair. Third, they can be a source of mold and mildew that can cause health problems. Roto-Rooter in Sunnyvale offers the following information to help you find leaks in your home.

Visually Look for Leaky Faucets

The easiest and perhaps the most obvious thing to do to find a leak is to walk through your home and make a visual inspection. Check your taps and faucets in the following areas:

  • Showers
  • Bathroom sinks
  • Kitchen sinks
  • Washing machine taps
  • Outdoor taps

Don't Forget the Outdoor Taps

It is important to remember the outdoor taps. An outdoor tap that is connected to the house can cause a problem deep inside the walls of your home. When you turn on the outdoor faucet look and see whether or not you are getting full water pressure. Also, when the water is turned off, check to see if the water is dripping out of the tap.

Signs of a Leak in the Toilet

leaky toilet is perhaps the biggest money waster of all the leaks. It can waste gallons of water every day. Signs of a leaky toilet include the following:

  • Water that turns on and off intermittently during the day
  • Water ripples in the toilet bowl
  • Water that runs in the tank unless you jiggle the handle

Simple Test for a Toilet Leak

Following is a simple test you can conduct to see if you have a leaky toilet:

  • Mix a few drops of dark food coloring in the toilet tank.
  • Don't flush the toilet for about an hour.
  • After an hour, check the toilet bowl.
  • If food coloring has appeared in the bowl, you have a leak.

Check the Water Meter

A final check can let you know if there is an undetected leak somewhere in your house. Check the water meter when no one is using any water. Many new meters are equipped with a leak-detection gauge. The gauge may be shaped like a triangle or a gear. If the leak detection gauge is spinning you probably have an undetected leak. Older water meters may not have the leak-detection gauge. In this case look at the dial that shows how many gallons per minute are being used. If the dial is moving at all you might have a leak. If you suspect an undetected leak call Roto-Rooter to help you locate the problem.

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