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A Not So Common Leak, and How To Identify Them

We always encounter our toilets leaking and our faucet dripping from time to time, but now we’ll tackle on leaks that don’t occur on every household. Whether you got your new humidifier because you just moved to an area with forced-air central heating systems, or you’re in a really hot location that you have to get evaporative coolers, those are not so common with most homeowners.

They leak. Big time. It is not something that you can ignore and the fact that it is not so common, not many people will be able to manage or even identify if it’s leaking or not.


Fret not! Here we will give you a list on how to identify whether or not your appliances are leaking or not:

Whole House Humidifiers:

Some households have household humidifiers, most commonly used in households with forced-air central heating systems. Usually, this humidifier is connected to the ducting of the furnace and straight plumbed to the water supply tubes to provide the water reservoir of the appliance with a steady water supply. In case the refill valve does not close, the equipment often involves an overflow drain to the sewer. The water is sent straight into the sewer when the valve fails. This enables for months or years of leaks to happen before anybody realizes the water waste. During the heating season, it is essential to verify the operation of this equipment frequently and switch off the water supply to the equipment during the seasons where they are not used.


Evaporative Coolers:

Some homes are cooled by evaporative coolers in arid environments, also known as swamp coolers. The system utilizes water evaporation to cool air that is sent to the home. To keep water in the reservoir of the cooler, the evaporative coolers are most often linked to the home water supply. Occasionally, the refill valve for the reservoir does not close, causing the reservoir to enter a steady stream of water and drain the overflow line. The overflow line is often linked to the drain of wastewater, enabling the leak to continue for months or years before detecting water waste. By shutting off the machinery and watching any water drainage through the overflow line, the cooler can be readily inspected for leaks. It is generally possible to repair leaking coolers by merely replacing the refill valve, recirculation pump, or water lines.


Pool and Fountains:

Even a small swimming pool leak can cause significant harm, resulting in enormous water bills, and one pool in every 20 is estimated to have leakage. In a 24-hour span, a pinhole-sized leak in a 40-pound pressure (psi) will lose about 900 gallons of water. Approximately 30,000 gallons per month or 360,000 gallons per year. Some signs that your pool may leak include loss of one-eighth inch (0.32 cm) or more water over a 24-hour period, the formation of algae too shortly after chemical therapy (applying chlorine), loose or falling tiles, pool deck cracks, gaps and cracks in the pool shell, settling of the whole pool or spa structure into the ground or constantly damp soil surrounding the pool and/or under the house.


Place a bucket on the top step of the pool and fill it with water (also applicable to fountains) to check for a leak in your pool or fountain. Place a piece of paper on the bucket’s inside and outside and mark the pool water level and the bucket water level. Make a fresh mark on the tape after 24 hours with the fresh water level in the pool and bucket. If the pool/fountain water level has fallen more than in bucket, the pool/fountain structure or plumbing system is likely to leak.

As uncommon as it is, it’s always good to state these problems to those who need it. Though this article only states how to spot out a leakage, we highly encourage you to contact your local water leaking services to handle the job professionally.

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