The 5 Most Common Leaks in the Average Florida Home

Water leakingFor most of us, having a home means not having to deal with water – we’re inside, warm and dry while the rain pours down outdoors. What do you do when things go wrong inside the home, and you find that water is invading your living areas? Water sepage can be caused by any number of things, though homes in Jacksonville, Florida experience a few common causes here. Knowing the most common leaks and how to spot them can help ensure that you keep your family and belongings dry and safe. Not only that, but you’ll save money and conserve water too. The average home loses almost 10,000 gallons of water a year due to water sepage.

Toilets

One of the most common (and costly) water leaks for residents of Jacksonville, Florida is a leaking toilet. Generally, these leaks are at the toilet flap, though sometimes the wax ring under the toilet can fail, causing a leak there as well. If you notice the toilet constantly running, the flap needs to be replaced. This is a simple repair that most homeowners can do on their own with only a few basic tools.

Faucets

Your faucets supply hot and cold water to sinks and tubs throughout the house. However, if your faucet constantly drips, you’re wasting both water and money. Fixing a leaking faucet isn’t particularly difficult. You’ll need to turn the water off to the faucet (usually by a valve located under the sink itself), and then replace the leaking gasket or O-ring inside the faucet. This might be a good time to do that faucet replacement you’ve been wanting to do as well. You’ll only need a few basic tools to get the job done.

Showerheads

Showerheads don’t leak as frequently as faucets, but they can still be a serious source of wasted water. The average showerhead can waste 500 gallons of water per year all on its own. Generally, you only need to tighten the showerhead on the pipe extension coming out of the wall to stop the leak. You might need to add some pipe tape to completely stop the leak, though.

Piping

Your home’s piping is supposed to carry hot and cold water to all the outlets in the home. However, these can be hidden sources of water loss – copper piping corrodes and leaks over time, and even PVC piping can eventually fail. Locating water leakage in your pipes can be tough to do, though. If you notice water stains on the ceiling, you’ve got either a roof leak or a leaking pipe, but piping run beneath the home can be harder to check. A flashlight and a short trip to the basement or under-home crawlspace can yield some answers, though.

Leaking Roofs

While roof leaks aren’t responsible for wasting water and running up your utility bills, they’re still common and can cause some serious problems in your home. Water leaking into the roof of your home can cause mold and mildew to form, and can also rot out the wood and sheetrock in your home. Inspect your home’s roof every year for signs of damage and have it repaired by a professional Jacksonville roofing company. If you notice water stains on the ceiling and there’s not a leaking pipe responsible, you have a roof leak. You can also bet that any missing shingles are causing leakage as well. Have your roof professionally inspected and repaired to save your health and sanity.

Each of these dribbles is costly and can foster mold growth in your home. All water leaks should be taken care of promptly, whether they’re from a faucet, the showerhead or the roof. A.J. Wells Roofing Contractors can help locate and repair water leaks in your roof. Call us to schedule your free estimate.

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