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5 Most Common Places for a Water Leak

Thursday, December 21st, 2017

If you own a home, then chances are you’ve already experienced a water leak or two. To help you stop drips before they happen, we’ve put together a list of the five most common water wasters in your home.

1. Kitchen and Bathroom Faucets

Faucets are arguably the most common place for water leaks to happen. While that steady drip, drip, drip might seem like a simple annoyance, taken together those droplets could represent a significant increase in your water bill. Excess water can also damage sinks and bathtubs by causing rust, mold and premature decay to develop.

2. Shower Hose

High-traffic areas in the home such as showers are often subject to wear and tear. If you have a flexible shower hose rather than a showerhead, the hose can corrode and begin to leak over time. To fix a shower hose leak, simply ask your plumber to install a new hose.

3. Toilet Flapper Valve

Toilets are common offenders when it comes to water leaks. Plumbing experts have estimated that 20% to 35% of America’s household toilets are leaking water. Homeowners can diagnose toilet leaks themselves, though they’ll still likely need a plumber to perform any repairs.

To confirm a leak, take off the top of the toilet tank and listen for the sounds of water hissing. If you hear hissing, add a few drops of food coloring to the water in the tank (not the toilet bowl). After 20 to 30 minutes, any coloring in the toilet bowl means that a flapper valve leak is likely present.

4. Hot Water Tank

If your hot water tank begins to leak, act quickly. A simple leak could soon become a ruptured tank without a plumber’s proper inspection. To prevent water leaks, proper maintenance of your hot water tank is key. Checking the pressure valve regularly and “flushing” the tank each year can help sustain a tank’s healthy lifespan. Ask your plumber for other ways to maintain your hot water tank.

5. Supply Line

Unfortunately, water leaks don’t always happen in the home. If you notice excess water in the meter box or puddles in your yard, your supply line could be leaking water. Leaks are usually the responsibility of local city authorities; however, if the problem occurs between your meter and home, then it’s up to you to call a plumber.

Suspect a water leak in your home? For answers to your questions, contact The Pink Plumber today online or by calling 404-222-7465. With over 50 years of combined experience, our expert plumbers provide quick and efficient service 24/7. We’re also committed to our communities: The Pink Plumber proudly supports Breast Cancer Research, donating $160,000 to the cause.

Hot Water Problems: Reasons Your Shower is Running Out of Hot Water

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

Hot water problems – we’ve all been there. One moment you are taking a relaxing shower with the water at just the right heat when suddenly everything goes cold and you are huddled there shivering. Your hot water just ran out… but why? Should you blame other people in the house? Is your water heater or water tank causing problems? Here are the top causes behind hot water running out too quickly.

Sediment has built up in your tank.

You see this problem a lot on older tanks or water heaters in rocky areas where water is “hard” or filled with tiny mineral particles. When water gets heated up in your hot water tank, this particles precipitate out of the water and onto nearby metal surfaces in your pipes and tank. In the worst case, this forms layers of sediment called “scale” which can cause a number of painful hot water problems. However, the particles can also accumulate and roll around in a thick layer at the bottom of your water tank, called sediment.

If your tank has a lot of sediment, it may not be able to hold as much hot water as before. A plumber can flush out the sediment and advise you on maintenance to keep the problem from happening again.

Your hot water system is too small or too old.

If your shower habits are smart but you still run out of hot water over and over again, then take a step back and look at your hot water tank. How old is it? How many gallons can it hold? Around 30 to 40 gallons is usually enough for a normal family. If you have an extra-small tank, it may be time to upgrade. Likewise, newer water heater models will be able to heat water more quickly and have more advanced insulation so the heat won’t leak away.

You are using the wrong type of fuel or the wrong system.

Some types of fuel can heat water faster than others. A gas water heater can heat more quickly than an electric system, which means you may need a larger tank if you use electricity. Switch to a natural gas heater or similar system if possible – these tend to be more efficient overall. A “tankless” system that heats water as you need may also help.

Your water heater has broken.

Your water heater may be encountering mechanical problems. The most common in this situation is a broken dip tube. The dip tube circulates cold water closer to the heating element of your system, so if it breaks, then cold water and warm water will mix together, leading to a lack of hot water. Other problems with your heating element and similar components may also be to blame – consider a professional checkup. Check your area to see if local plumbers offer free inspections and estimates.

For answers to your questions about hot water problems, contact the Pink Plumber today!

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