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In a single week, the average U.S. family can waste 180 gallons of water because of plumbing leaks. An easy and effective way to detect water waste is to closely examine your water bill. If close scrutiny of your consumption shows a sudden, large increase in your bill, you may be losing money to a leak somewhere in your home. When a leak is suspected, the critical next step is to find it.

Easily Identified Leaks

There are many plumbing leaks around the home that a homeowner can discover by carefully checking common problem areas. One of the worst culprits is a running toilet, which can waste up to 200 gallons of water per day. Running toilets can usually be detected by sound. If you don’t hear the water shut off when the tank is full, there is a problem. Drips in kitchen and bathroom sinks are easy to spot, and a quick check for moisture beneath a sink can alert you to leaks in the fittings.

Difficult to Identify Leaks

Other leaks can be much more difficult to find. If the plumbing behind walls is leaking, you may see signs of moisture on the walls themselves. But it’s not uncommon for these kinds of leaks to go undetected for long periods of time. Any leak in the main water line from the metering connection to your home is extremely difficult to find. And a common leak that is both difficult to find and an enormous water waste is in a home’s irrigation system. To find and fix any of these hidden leaks, the best course of action is to hire a professional who uses a leak detection camera.

Plumbing leaks waste a surprising amount of water and can cause extremely high water bills. Left undetected, they can also cause serious damage to your home. To learn more about finding and fixing water leaks, check out Benjamin Franklin Plumbing online or call 813-980-3353.