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Finding Water Leaks

If you ever have to examine your pipelines for a leak in the system, just examine your water meter output for its results. If you need to do so, you can contact the Billing Department to find out where your water meter is installed.

  1. Now before you check the meter output, turn off all water usage in the home and make sure no one is using any of the water at all.
  1. Once you spot the water meter, look to see if the meter is in motion. You might have a meter with a tiny silver round wheel that spins if water is being pushed through the meter. Alternatively, you might have a tiny dial that is triangular shaped that will indicate a water leak when present. If the dial is not moving, you are in luck. If it is moving, you can pretty much count on having a water leak in your system somewhere.
  1. As an alternative method for checking for water leaks, you can note the meter reading, allow a waiting period of up to two hours and repeat the meter reading to see if any water usage has occurred during the two-hour time frame. If you note water usage then there is a leak; if the meter reading remains consistent, you have a fully operational plumbing system.
  1. To check your meter reading you need to find the shut-off valve to your house as it will be necessary to turn the water off at the water valve. You can locate this valve near an outdoor faucet just outside the home, or it might be in your garage or your basement area nearby an outdoor faucet.
  1. Once the water valve is off if you note movement in the water meter you have a water leak. Just make sure you use no water during your assessment. If there is no motion on the indicator that would suggest the presence of a leak, then there is no leak present. Motion on the leak indicator should send off alarm bells letting you know you need to care for this leaky issue.
  1. If you discover you have a leak but you cannot actually locate the leak itself, it is time to contact the pros to do it for you. Waiting can increase the damage to the system and your water bill.

Handling A Faucet Drip

The most common wear and tear one will have to deal with when it comes to faucets in the home, whether in the kitchen or in the bathroom, are the worn out rubber washers that work as small gaskets and prevent leaks and drips. These small washers are under and between the faucet handle and the body of the sink itself. These leaks are super fast repairs as long as you know how to shut off the water at the necessary repair point and you have the right tools to do the job.

Handling Toilet Leaks

Toilet leaks often go unnoticed and, while seemingly minimal, these leaks can waste gallons of water. Over time this waste really adds up. These issues are a simple fix and can be done for little expense. In order to figure out if you have an issue with a water leak at the toilet, pick up the toilet tank lid on the back of the toilet. You can put a couple of drops of red food coloring in the water. If you flush the toilet and no food colored water passes through it, there is an issue. Call the professionals in Dr.Pipe Drain and Plumbing Services Ottawa for professional plumbing services.

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