Water leaks can become extremely problematic wherever they occur. Water leaks mean wasted money, energy and water. A small, slow water leak can waste up to twenty gallons of water per day, and this number only increases over time. Frequently, water leaks are easy to detect, as they are able to be heard or even seen; however, at times water leaks may be harder to detect, requiring the work of a professional, such as a plumber. If leaks go undetected they can cause atrocious results such as damage to a building’s interior, and may even create hazardous health issues due to toxic mould and mildew growing and rotting.
In order to prevent water leaks from occurring, checking all water appliances for any visible leaks as well as checking water meters will offer information pertaining to whether a water leak is present or not. There are various methods that may enable detection of a leak. For example, to determine whether there is a leak in a toilet system, adding a few drops of food colouring to the basin and wait for approximately half an hour. If after this time, there is a colour change in the basin of the toilet; a leak is probably present, indicating that the flapper valve needs to be changed.
Although leaks may be detected early on, harder to locate, more serious leaks may cause severe problems if left untreated. Water leaks cause moisture to build up in certain places within a building. When left unattended, these moist areas become a breeding ground for mould and mildew. This may cause certain health issues, as specific types of mould, such as black mould, are toxic to humans and animals. Keeping buildings well ventilated, and reducing humidity levels are ways that may prevent mould from accumulating and causing problems.
Severe water leaks may be somewhat difficult to clean up when left unnoticed for a prolonged period of time. Hiring a professional such as a plumber may help in solving the problems that water leaks may cause. Severe leaks can cause corrosion in pipes, ultimately leading to a significantly more complex problem. Hiring a professional may aid in locating and sealing the leak, as well as cleaning up any mildew or mould that has grown due to the leak. Plumbers or other professionals may also be useful in giving advice on how to prevent or detect these hard to find leaks, and ensure that homes and other buildings are kept safe.