Leaks inside your household not only waste water but can also cause tremendous damage to your home. An estimated 2,000 to 20,000 gallons of water are wasted each year in every home that has leaky appliances, plumbing, or fixtures. While some leaks can be apparent, like leaking water faucets, a majority of leaks can remain undetected for a long time, allowing the leaks to make a lot of damage. When these leaks are hidden, water issues undetected. Examples of hidden leaks could be in leaky toilet flapper valves, or cracked water supply lines.
Water meters can detect large and small leaks. These meter checks can detect a leak and its flow meter, but it cannot tell you exactly where the leak is originating from. Model and age can greatly affect a meter’s ability to properly detect leaks. Therefore, a meter can alert you of any leak you may have in your home, but requires closer and more detailed inspection to actually locate the leak in order to fix it.
Leaks can often happen outside of the home, in the pipes of your water supply line. These can be somewhat easy to identify. Leaked water from the supply line can often travel back to the meter. Therefore, if you notice unexplained water in your meter, you may have a leak within the supply line. Additionally, if you notice that some patches of yard or grass have stayed consistently damp, wet, or flooded, you may have a leak underground in your supply line. Leaks between the meter and home are the responsibility of the homeowner, while leaks between the main and the meter will fall under the jurisdiction of the water utility.
Leaks which occur in faucets can be very easily fixed. Types of repair will depend on the faucet, as there are four different types of household faucets. The four types include compression valves, ball/delta types, cartridge types, and ceramic dishes. Each faucet has its own unique repair method.
It is no longer recommended for homeowners to attempt to repair these types of leaks themselves, because many faucets have been specialized, meaning that each faucet requires very specific parts that may be unknown to the average homeowner.