Founded in 1682, Philadelphia has been around since the dawn of the United States. Such a historic city is filled with relics from times past. However, it also means Philadelphian homes can be a bit dated. Old homes generally have older pipes, which can begin to deteriorate in time.
If your home was built around or before 1950 and you haven't taken a look at your pipes in a while, the best time to do so is as soon as possible. Here's where you can start:
One of the most common residential leaks is hidden in plain sight: your toilet flapper. To find this, remove the cover of the tank. Inside, you'll see an arm extending from just behind the handle to about halfway across the tank. Attached to this, there will be a chain leading to the toilet flapper. It looks just like a bathtub plug.
When you push down the handle, the plug is lifted up, allowing the clean water from the tank to rush into the bowl to flush the toilet. If you ever hear your toilet run, there's a good chance you have a leaky flapper. Check out our step-by-step tutorial video on how to replace your toilet flapper valve.
Leaky faucets are also common in many homes. Though a drip here and there might not seem like a big deal, every drop actually adds up quickly. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, a leaky faucet dripping at one drip per second wastes at least 3,000 gallons of water every year – or the equivalent of what's needed to take more than 180 showers. Fixing a sink or faucet leak sooner rather than later will save you a headache and money. The quicker you take action the less likely you are to get significant water damage.
Your water travels through underground pipes before it reaches your home. The point where it enters your home is prone to leaks, though it can be challenging to detect damage in your water supply lines. To determine whether you're losing water before it even gets to your hot water heater, inspect the ground around where your lines are. If it's damp (and it hasn't been raining), you might have a leak.
If you're worried you're wasting water, don't hesitate to find the problem and fix it. Call your local Philadelphia Roto-Rooter to inspect your pipes and determine how to mend them.