The Most Common Reasons for a Leak

The Most Common Reasons for a Leak

A standard leak can result in thousands of gallons of wasted water. This is not only harmful for the environment, it can also quickly add up on your water bills. They can also cause significant damage to the floor and walls around them, costing you even more on repairs.

Leaks are a common problem that will likely affect most homeowners at some point in time. They can occur at any plumbing joint, but some areas are more susceptible to leaks than others. Some of the most common reasons for a leak include the following:

  • Worn out washers, seats, rings, seals, flappers, or faulty tank valves commonly cause toilet or faucet leaks.
  • The dishwasher, water heater, or washing machine can leak.
  • The sink rim, shutoff valves, or supply line connections are not connected properly and have sprung a leak.
  • Lime buildup and sediment are blocking the aerator from working properly. Simply cleaning out the aerator with white vinegar can help to deal with this problem.
  • Low water volume can also indicate a faucet leak. This is likely a sign that the piping needs to be replaced.
  • The water supply tubing that feeds into your icemaker on your refrigerator is leaking.
  • An outdoor faucet or hose is leaking.
  • Running toilets are more than just an annoying nuisance. They can quickly waste a significant amount of water and add up to increased water bills in no time.

How to Deal with the Problem

Often a leaking faucet can be easily fixed by simply repairing or replacing a worn part. This can often be completed by the homeowner.  Many reputable plumbing companies, such as Roto-Rooter, can provide more information and guidance on how to repair the problem.

For a particularly bad leak, do what you can to minimize the problem. You may need to shut off the water supply and call a plumber right away, before any water damages your floor, appliances, or property foundation. Often homeowners can determine that there is a leak present by the changes in their water meter reading or monthly water bills. However, it can be more difficult to pinpoint exactly where the leak is coming from. Fortunately, your plumber can provide a free estimate so that you know what the source of the problem is and what it will take to correct the issue.

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