FIX A LEAK
Water is a precious natural resource and we should be doing all we can to protect and preserve it.
Leaks in the home are a common occurrence and it is estimated that over 10,000 gallons of water in each household is wasted every year, enough water to wash 275 loads of laundry, which amounts to over 1 trillion gallons annually, equivalent to the level of water that would be used by over 11 million homes.
So, what steps can we take as individuals to monitor our homes and try to identify and repair leaks swiftly. Here are some top tips offered by the experts on how to fix a leak.
A simple, quick task can be to check your water bill. Monitor it over a three- or four-month period to identify any significant changes. It is estimated that preventing leaking water can save you about 10% on you water bill. A general statistic is that an average person uses approximately 170-280 litres of water per day; however, for the residents of Dubai, this is more like 550 litres.
Choose a time of day when no water at all will be used in the house for three or four hours and check your meter, both before and after. If the meter has changed, something is suspect.
Monitor your home for common types of leak including toilets, dripping taps and shower heads, and pooling water around pipework. If you identify a leak, repair it as soon as possible.
What are signs to look for which indicates that water is leaking? Damp patches on walls, ceilings and floors can indicate the presence of water. Mould in cupboards or behind furniture can also be a good indication. Lifted tiles in the bathroom or kitchen and cracked sealant can also mean leaking water.
In addition, remember to monitor the outside of your property, particularly if you have swimming pools, jacuzzis or irrigation systems. Boggy areas of the garden, or pooled water around patios and paving can indicate that underground pipes may be leaking. Also keep a note of how often you are topping up the water levels so that you can identify a pattern and notice a change.
It can be easy to identify a leak and be able to repair it swiftly and cost effectively, thereby making the most of your water supply and keeping the costs to a minimum. However, some leaks can be more complex to either identify or be able to specifically pinpoint their location. So, how can you manage this situation without digging up gardens or pulling up floors? LeakDtech is a specialist water leak detection service that utilises a combination of state of the art monitoring and inspection services to identify any leaks. Therefore, if you are worried about leaking water in your home and want to do your bit for the environment, by saving water and avoiding large repair costs, do not hesitate to get in touch to discuss your needs or concerns. After all, as was quoted by Benjamin Franklin, ‘When the well’s dry, we will know the worth of water’.