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Plumbing in Arlington, TX – Water Leak

Plumbing in Arlington, TX – Water Leak

Plumbing in Arlington, TX – Every year in homes across the United States, water leaks wastes anywhere from approximately 500 to 20,000 gallons. Water leaks can cause costly damage to your home and its foundation, mold problems and the cost of mold remediation. Unfortunately, homeowner’s are often unaware of leaks, and only suspect them when the water bill is unusually high. Even when a leak is verified, it can be difficult to locate. Contact Benjamin Franklin Plumbing in Arlington, TX for water line repair. Use the following tips to check for leaks in and outside of your home.

Begin by checking plumbing fixtures and appliances. The toilet is a common source of leaks. There are several potential problems in which the toilet can leak. They include:

Tank sweating isn’t a leak. Water condenses on the outside of the toilet tank and drips to the floor. It’s caused by the difference in the temperature of cold water in the tank, and the temperature of a warm bathroom. Some of the solutions include toilet liners which insulate the tank, anti-sweat valves which mix warm water with the tanks incoming cold water.

Tank leaks include those caused by a faulty flapper valve in the bottom, which allows water to leak into the toilet bowl. An additional type is due to leakage around tank-to-bowl bolts. An additional possibility is a cracked tank or bowl. Testing for any of these leaks is the same. Place food coloring in the tank to color the water. Check every 15 minutes. If colored water appears in the bowl, the flapper valve should be replaced. If the colored water runs down the toilet near the tank-to-bowl bolts, the bolts and gasket will need replacement. The third possibility is a cracked toilet resulting in water leaking from the crack. When the colored water is outside the toilet inspect carefully to determine its source.

A faulty fill valve can allow the water level in the tank to be higher than the overflow tube, resulting in the loss of water and a running toilet. In addition, the gasket at the base of the fill valve may be faulty, requiring replacement. Check the shut off valve and the supply line that serves the toilet, these are a possible location of a leak. Our plumbers can provide the water line repair.

Of these, only a cracked tank or bowl will require toilet replacement. Otherwise, contact Benjamin Franklin Plumbing in Arlington, TX for toilet repair and/or water line repair.

Faucet LeaksFaucets are also a common source of leaks. Typically, the faucet needs a part replaced such as an o-ring or seats, for example. Our plumbers can provide the plumbing repair you need.

Water Heater Leaks – Water heater leaks are generally noticeable. Check around and on the water heater at least monthly, and contact Benjamin Franklin Plumbing in Arlington, TX to schedule repair or replacement.

Tubs, Showers and Sinks

Inspect the water supply lines serving sinks. Leaks may also occur in tubs or shower water lines, but aren’t accessible in every home. You may notice water at the base of the wall where they are located, or damage to the wall or flooring. The water lines under the sink can be viewed. If your water supply lines to appliances in the home are leaking, contact our plumbers for reliable water line repair.

Other locations to check indoors for leaks include the washer, refrigerator and the dishwasher.  Steel braided hoses are the best option as they resist corrosion and last longer.

Outdoor Leaks – Outdoors, standing water and/or bubbling up are obvious leaks. Unfortunately, not all outdoor leaks are as noticeable. Outdoor leaks can be difficult to locate without specialized equipment, such as a plumber uses. Contact Ben Franklin Plumbing in Arlington, TX for professional leak detection and water line repair.

Outdoor Faucets – You can determine if an outdoor faucet is leaking by placing a container under the spout. Water will accumulate when a leak is present. However, when the pipe connected to the faucet has damage and is leaking, you will require water line repair.

Yard Line Leaks

Leaks in the piping connecting the water meter and home are called yard line leaks. The signs of a yard line leak include healthy, green grass in the area of a leak, soft soil, and water running out onto the drive or street, or pooling on the lawn. If you don’t see any evidence of a leak, use the water meter to verify whether or not you have a leak. Ben Franklin Plumbing in Arlington, TX can provide reliable water line repair.

Ensure no water will be used during the test, including automatic users such as the ice maker or pool. Open the lid on the water meter and write down the numbers displayed on the dial. If it’s moving, a leak is verified. However, if it’s not moving there may be a small leak. Recheck the meter in an hour, if the numbers have changed you have a leak. However, a tiny leak may not be detected during this time frame.

If the meter test indicates a leak, you can determine whether the leak is outdoors or in the home by shutting off the main water supply valve outside the home. If the numbers on the meter continue to change, the leak is in the piping between the meter and the house. No movement indicates the leak is somewhere in the house. If you think you may have a leak, contact our licensed plumbers to provide water line repair.   

About Benjamin Franklin Plumbing in Arlington, Texas

Benjamin Franklin Plumbing in Arlington, TX has professional plumbing in Arlington, TX servicing Fort Worth and surrounding areas. Our experienced, courteous and friendly plumbers provide on time plumbing related services to not only Arlington but surrounding areas also. If you are in need of a professional plumber that you can count on for plumbing repairs, maintenance and / or installation then you can count on us at Benjamin Franklin Plumbing in Arlington, Texas.

Ben Franklin Plumbing is a leader in the field for plumbing related repairs. We are also one of the most trusted plumbing service brands in the industry with high standards of service that you can rely on. When you contact us you can rest assured knowing that you are receiving the best plumbing in Arlington, TX.  Our commitment to service and excellence is reflected in our stone solid A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. If you have a plumbing related problem in your home or business and you need help, do not hesitate to contact us today. Our professional, courteous and friendly plumbing in Arlington, TX will be more than happy to assist you and answer any of your questions and schedule an appointment with you to assess the plumbing related problem and resolve it at your earliest convenience. Give Benjamin Franklin Plumbing in Arlington, Texas a call today if you are looking for professional plumbing in Arlington, TX. If there’s any delay, it’s you we pay®