Drip. Drip. Drip.
You can hear it when the house is quiet.
Something in your house is leaking.
Or maybe you can’t hear it, but you can feel it when you look at your water bill. Somehow your house is wasting water, and it’s costing you big time.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, “Ten percent of homes have leaks that waste 90 gallons or more per day.” And even worse, “the average household’s leaks can account for more than 10,000 gallons of water wasted every year, or the amount of water needed to wash 270 loads of laundry.“
Stop the madness!
Action Jackson Plumbing is equipped to help you stop these wasteful leaks. Our plumbing repair services can take care of the most common residential leaks, listed below.
Don’t be fooled by the strong and silent nature of your toilet. It can be leaking even if you don’t hear it or see a puddle on the floor. Toilet leaks can be of the slow and seeping variety, or they can be sudden and catastrophic. Both are costly and can cause a lot of problems for your –ahem– daily routine.
Here’s a trick for detecting whether or not your toilet has a leak, via Conserve H20: “Remove the toilet tank lid. Drop one dye tablet or 10 drops of food coloring into the tank. (Dye tablets are often available for free through local water providers). Put the lid back on. Do not flush. Wait at least 10-15 minutes, and then look in the bowl. If you see colored water, you have a leak. If not, you don’t.” If you think you have a leak, don’t wait to take action. It’s only going to cost you money. Contact Action Jackson for quick plumbing repair as soon as possible.
Obviously your washing machine uses a lot of water to do it’s job, but we don’t want it to use one drop more water than is absolutely necessary.
If there’s a leak in the water line leading into or away from your washing machine, or a problem with the internal drum, it could result in a lot of water on your laundry room floor.
Which means you’re going to have to move the machine and bust out the mop. And who wants to do that?
If you’re already standing in a puddle of washing machine water, it’s probably due to a clog in the line that prevented water from draining properly. If you can, turn off the water main leading into the machine, sop up the excess water, and call Action Jackson for some plumbing repair.
If you’ve lived in your house for five years or more, and never hired someone for professional drain cleaning, doing so now could prevent this headache before it happens.
Like the washing machine, this appliance requires large amounts of water to get your dishes sparkling clean. If you’re not already doing a regular visual check of the areas under your sink and on the floor around the dishwasher, you could be missing early indications of a leak.
Get down on your hands and knees (slowly, you don’t want to pull something) and take a gander in the under-sink cabinet where your dishwasher connects to the drain. Keep your eyes peeled for spots of wetness or discoloration, or warped flooring. This could mean that water is seeping out of the appliance cabinet every time you wash a load.
Hidden away in basements, garages, and back closets, the water heater is one of those appliances that no one ever thinks about until it breaks down. However, your water heater could be costing you extra money because of a lack of maintenance.
Once every two years, call a plumbing repair specialist to perform a thorough leak inspection. A periodic flush of the tank can prevent sediment from building up inside and extend the life of your tank. It might seem excessive, but do you really want to have the hot water go out in the middle of your shower? Didn’t think so.
Finally, the leak you’ve been waiting for: the leaky faucet. Over time, the normal daily use of sink, tub, and shower breaks down the internal components that keep water from leaking out when the tap’s not open.
If you hear the telltale ‘drip drip’ coming from your sink or bathtub when it’s not in use, realize that you’re slowly sending hundreds of dollars down the drain.
Action Jackson hates to hear about wasted money! Our plumbing repair services are here 24/7 so you can put that money back into your pocket.