5 tests to detect leaks in your home
A house whose residents make an effort to save water and yet generate a very high water bill, how can you explain? There are several reasons for a household to use more water than it should, especially if the facilities are already very old. But, one of the most common things that many don’t realize is the presence of leaks. Something that can be fixed as soon as the problem is identified.
To help in this task,
The best known of all tests is to check the water clock (the hydrometer). Just leave the valves on the wall open, close all the faucets well and turn off all appliances that use water, including the toilets. Then write down the number that appears or mark the position of the long hand on your hydrometer. After an hour, check if the number has changed or the hand has moved. If this happened, there is a leak in your home.
– Pipes fed directly
Unlike the first one, in this test you need to close the wall register. Then, open a tap directly powered by network (it can be the one from the tank) and wait for the water to stop coming out. Immediately pour a full glass of water into the mouth of the tap. If there is suction of water from the cup through the faucet, it is a sign that there is a leak in the pipe directly fed by the network.
– Pipes fed by the water tank
Another way to check for leaks in the pipes is to close all the faucets in the house, turn off the appliances that use water and close the tank’s float faucet well, preventing the entry of water. Once this is done, check the water level in the box itself and check, after an hour, if it has gone down. If so, there is a leak in the plumbing or in the toilets fed by the water tank. Tips to fix faucet
– Underground reservoirs of buildings
Close the underground reservoir outlet valve and the float cock. Check the water level in the reservoir and, after an hour, check that it has lowered. If this has occurred, there is a leak in the reservoir walls or in the upper reservoir feed piping or in the cleaning piping.
This is the simplest of all tests: just throw coffee grounds down the toilet. Normally, the sludge is deposited at the bottom of the vessel, otherwise, it is a sign of leakage in the valve or in the discharge box.
Note: In basins whose discharge outlet is backwards (towards the wall), the test must be carried out by depleting the water. If the basin accumulates water again, there is a leak in the valve or in the discharge box.
Be concerned about any and all water leaks, no matter how small. If your faucet is dripping, for example, change the “rubber”. A leaky faucet can waste up to 46 liters of water daily.
We offers free course on leaks
We offers a course to teach consumers some simple techniques about leaks in hydraulic installations. The program is open to the general public and is taught in the morning and afternoon.