With the ever-evolving growth and lifestyle, this world has gone through a series of drastic changes that contribute to the increased demand for water by civilization. Additionally, some parts of the world are facing low-level rainfall which slowed down the replenishment of water supply.
Therefore, everyone should make our best efforts to protect humanities precious commodity on this planet, which is water. One such effort is to watch out for water leaks in our house, no matter how small it is.
Although some water leaks are too slow to the point of being undetectable, some known leaks are being ignored by most homeowners. This is caused by the lack of knowledge on what the small leaks could sum up into. Potentially it can reach thousands of gallons in a year.
Moreover, water leaks not only contribute to worldwide water shortage but also cause damage to some parts of the house to deteriorate faster, collapse, and cause injuries to the occupants of the house.
Water leak detection can either be done by checking the areas and components of the house’s plumbing system or by installing a commercially available water leak detection device.
- Passive Leak Detection System - usually stand-alone battery-operated devices that produce an alarm when the humidity sensor gets wet, this alarm allows the homeowner to find the location of the water leak and make the necessary repairs. Because this is a device that depends on the battery, the battery must be checked regularly.
- Active Leak Detection System - also sounds an alarm when it detects a water leak, and will automatically stop the water flow. This might use a humidity sensor or flow sensor to monitor water leaks. There are two types of active leak detection systems:
A. Individual device systems - monitor leaks from one device and automatically turn off the water supply to such devices if a leak is detected.
B. Whole house system - monitor leaks throughout the house and turn off the main water supply to the house if a leak is detected. The entire home system consists of several humidity sensors that send signals to control the valve via radio signals or via a cable connection.
If you don’t have a water leak detection system device installed in your house, you can always check your house periodically for any water leaks, unless of course if you have already heard those water dripping noises. Water leaks usually happen in an area where the water consuming appliances and plumbing fixtures are located.
Among the most obvious areas to look for water leaks are:
- Bathroom & toilet area (check for leaks on showerhead, faucet, and water heating system)
- Kitchen (check for leaks on faucet, dishwasher, water heating system)
- Laundry room (check for leaks on faucet, clothes washer)
- Garage and basement area (check on evaporator cooler, hot water system)
- Lawn (check on turf, low water use garden, irrigation system)
- Pool and spa
- Water meter
Detecting water leaks through the sight and sound may seem an easy task. This may be true in fast and big leaks, but slow and small leaks, it could be impossible to detect without the aid of a water leak detection device. Here are some tips on monitoring the house for possible water leaks.
- Water is leaking in your toilet when water is moving from the tank to the bowl when nobody is flushing it.
- When your toilet is flushing itself when nobody is near the toilet.
- Another method of detecting a water leak in the toilet is to place food color in the tank, should you see the color in the bowl after a few minutes then you can conclude that there is a leak.
Once you are sure with the water leaks are imminent it’s time to call SPS Plumbers, Inner West. Accumulation of water can end on a disastrous note and is something to not overlook. Our 24/7 services include, but not limited to, unblocking drains, water installation and gas filters.
Contacting our services will be free of charge in case of emergencies.