If you hear your toilet "flushing" or refilling by itself, it probably has a leak. You may even hear water constantly trickling out of the tank. Water is leaking from the tank and when the water level gets low enough, the fill valve automatically starts refilling the tank, just like after a flush.
Give this a try:
To find the source of a toilet leak, put food coloring in the tank. Colored water in the bowl means the flapper valve is faulty. If it drips down the outside, replace the seal between the tank and bowl. Colored water on the floor indicates a cracked wax seal beneath the toilet.
: Why do faucets leak?
Leaks occur when seals inside the faucet becomes worn or dirty. You may decide to replace worn parts, replacing your old faucet with a new one can upgrade the look of your kitchen, bathroom or tub/shower decor and avoid further problems.
Know the age of your water heater:
The typical life span for our area is 10-12 years. Water heater tanks can rupture and cause extensive property damage to your home. It is our recommendation that you inspect your water heater monthly for signs of water leaks.
Main shut off valve:
Learn were the main shut off valve is.
Teach your kids how to shut off the water main. Everyone that is old enough to be in the house alone should know how to turn off the water. Even a ½" blow pipe can have a flow upwards of 10 gallons per minute if you have high pressure in your house. Having your kids shut off the main valve can save you thousands of dollars in repairs. We recommend that you open and close the main valve once a year to help prevent it from seizing in the open position.
If your toilet is rocking; you may have sewer gases leaking into your home
Why do some faucets cost so much more than others?
Some faucets are simply made batter than others with higher quality materials to achieve superior levels of appearance, performance and durability. You may pay more for a quality faucet, and you will receive a higher value for your money as a result of a longer-lasting and more reliable product.
Toilet and Faucet Leak:
You probably know the pain of hearing the drip, drip, drip of a leaking faucet or running toilet in your home. It's not only annoying to hear all day - it's also a big problem. Leaking or dripping faucets/toilets can cause the average home to lose up to 10,000 gallons of water a year (that's almost enough to wash about 300 loads of laundry), and believe it or not, about 10% of all homes have these leaks, and homeowners either aren't aware they exist or they simply ignore them. However, fixing some of these common leaks can save you up to 10% on your water bill, so it's worth trying to find the leaks and fix them.
Try these tips to locate a water leak.
A higher than normal water bill might be your first indication of a leaking pipe. Or you might hear the sound of running water even when all your fixtures are turned off. When you suspect a leak, check the fixtures first to make sure all the faucets are tightly closed. Then go to the water meter, if you have one. If the dial is moving, you're losing water somewhere in the system.
The sound of running water helps. If you hear it, follow it to its source. You can buy a listening device that amplifies sounds when it's held up to a pipe.
If water is staining the ceiling or dripping down, the leak is probably directly above.
Occasionally, water may travel along a joist and then stain or drip at a point some distance from the leak.
If water stains a wall, it means there's a leak in a section of pipe.
Any wall stain is likely to be below the actual location of the leak and you'll probably need to remove part of the wall to find it.
Without the sound of running water and without drips or stains as evidence, leaks are more difficult to find.
No plumbing problem is more common or more frustrating than a clogged drain.
Kitchen sink drains clog most often because of a buildup of grease that traps food particles.
Hair and soap are often at fault in bathroom drains.
Drains can usually be cleared easily and inexpensively, but taking some simple precautions will help you avoid stop-ups. Proper disposal of kitchen waste will keep sink drain clogs to a minimum.
Don't pour grease down the kitchen sink.
Don't wash coffee grounds down the sink. Throw them out.
Be sparing with chemical cleaners, particularly if you have brass, steel, or cast-iron traps and drainpipes; some caustic chemicals can corrode metal pipes.
If used no more than once every few months, cleaners containing sodium hydroxide or sodium nitrate can be safe and effective.
Clean floor drain strainers. Some tubs, showers, and basement floor drains have strainers that are screwed into the drain opening. You can easily remove these strainers and reach down into the drain with a bent wire to clear out accumulated debris. And be sure to scrub the strainer.
Clean pop-up stoppers in the bathroom sink and the tub regularly. Lift out sink pop-ups once a week and rinse them off.
Every few months, remove the overflow plate on a tub and pull up the pop-up assembly to reach the spring or rocker arm. Remove accumulated hair and rinse thoroughly.
Keep the sewer pipes from the house free of tree roots that may invade them. If roots are a particular problem in your yard, you may need to call in professionals once a year or so to clear the pipes. They'll use an electric auger to cut out the roots.
Flush the drain-waste and vent systems whenever you go up onto your house roof to clean out down spouts or gutters. Run water from a garden hose into all vents, giving them a minute or two of full flow.
Draining and Flushing the Water Heater Tank:
1.Turn off the gas or electricity. 2.Close the cold water valve. 3.Attach a hose to the drain valve, to route water into a floor drain or outdoors. 4.Open the drain valve and open one hot water faucet somewhere in the house to let in air. 5.When all water has drained, turn the cold water valve on and off until the water from the drain looks clear. 6.Close the drain valve, fill the tank, bleed all your fixture for air and restore power.
Preventative Maintenance for Your Cloths Washing Machine Supply Hoses:
Checking your washer hoses is a simple process. Look for leaks or cracks and inspect each washer supply hose to see if they have any visible bulges. Also make sure your machine has at least four inches of clearance from the wall to prevent the hoses from kinking. Be sure you know where your washer shutoff valves are, too. If one of your washer hoses should burst, you can minimize the mess and damage by quickly shutting the water off. It’s also a good idea to never leave home while your washing machine is running.
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