SOURCE: American Leak Detection

March 02, 2010 17:23 ET

Don't Procrastinate With Water Pipe Leaks, American Leak Detection Says

PALM SPRINGS, CA--(Marketwire - March 2, 2010) -  American Leak Detection is commemorating Fix-a-Leak Week. The campaign takes place March 15 to 21 and is a designated time for people to check properties for plumbing, pool, fixture, and irrigation system leaks. According to Stan Berenbaum, president of American Leak Detection, annoying water leaks occur indoors as well as outdoors.

Ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Do you often hear "drip, drip" or the continuous sound of water when nothing is turned on?
  2. Do your walls or floors have wet, spongy, moist, or discolored areas or hot spots when nothing has been spilled?
  3. Does your water meter reading change or move when you aren't using any water?
  4. Do you lose 1/8" of water or more in your pool in a 24-hour period?

If you have answered "yes" to any of these questions, your home or commercial building may be suffering from a water pipe leak. 

"We have found that many people know they have leaks, but procrastinate to get them fixed -- either because they don't have time to address them, or because they feel they will be expensive to fix," said Berenbaum. "The longer they wait, the worse the leak gets, and the more expensive it is to fix."

  • Silent leaks. Many times, we don't think of the water service line running from the main line on the street to our property. An unseen leak the size of a pinhead in an underground service line can waste 360,000 gallons of water per year.

  • Leak drips. A leaking toilet can use 90,000 gallons of water in 30 days. A dripping faucet/hose bib can lose up to 180 gallons a month or 2,160 gallons per year.

  • Leaks inside and out. If water lines on your property are leaking, you might be able to tell by reading your water meter. Check this by turning off all the water inside the property. Then, check your meter's current reading. Wait 30 minutes, and then check it again. If the meter reading has changed, there is a leak lurking somewhere in your property.

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