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Why is My Water Bill Too High?

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Are you trying hard to find the actual cause of an ordinary plumbing problem at home? Does excessive water usage, low water pressure, noises or slow drains ring a bell? If you are looking to find the source of the water problem at your place then you have landed on the right page. Follow a few simple tips to locate the source of the water problem:

Listen To The Dripping Sounds

This step may sound simple but it is often overlooked in a noisy, busy home. Although a dripping faucet would not waste a significant amount of water, over time it could result in gallons of water waste. You may hear the sound of dripping water where there is no or little activity around the house, such as late at night or early in the morning.

Look For The Leak Evidence

You can detect leaks along the board base of the walls near your plumbing fixtures. Pipes containing pressured water can eventually become corroded, crack or develop loose fittings due to freezing and thus, allowing the continuous loss of precious water until it is repaired. Darkened surfaces, mildew or puddles of water even may occur below the leaks. It may be important to remove the wallboard, plaster or paneling to correct the problem if it is inside the wall cavity.

Check Under The Sinks & Vanities

You can take a flashlight and follow the trail of the exposed pipes to look for the droplets of water. The droplets of water, if any, would accumulate at the lower section. You can run your fingers along these pipes and feel for wetness.

Look For The Sweat On Your Pipes

The pipes in your home may sweat when the water (cold) passes through them in the warmer interior spaces. This condensing of water on the surface of the pipes may start to drip, causing the moisture problems to eventually appear.

Maybe The Bathrooms Are Making Noises

Listen for noises from your bathrooms in order to check if they run at unusual intervals, especially when no one in the home has flushed them recently. The tank would slowly drain after some time when there is a seal leak in your water closet (toilet), until the level of water sufficiently drops for a float valve to replenish it. Leaking seals and sticking flush valves in the toilets could waste a significant amount of water since the flow is continuous.

Check Supply Valves On Commodes & Lavatories

The packing that seals the water valve basically seals when it is compressed. It is only sealed to pack the leak paths so it does not create any difficulty while you turn the handle. You need to turn the packing nut slightly clockwise to see if it stops the leakage around the stem. The smallest of leaks occasionally stops when the valve is partly opened and it is either fully opened or fully closed.

Last but not least, you need to check the water meter. The water flow to your house will cease by turning off all the appliances and faucets that consume water. Locate the water meter, read the displayed amount and note it. Check it again after an hour to see if the water went through it (even if no one is using it in your home). Usually, smaller leaks do not move this meter but larger ones will.

This residential plumbing information is brought to you by our Bay Area plumbers, voted contractor of the year.  Express Plumbing is a division of Engineering Perfect Systems, dedicated to the Bay Area for multiple decades.

Contact us with any questions or upcoming plumbing projects in the Bay Area.


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Top 3 Reasons To Repair Leaks Quickly by a Trusted Plumber

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It doesn’t matter how old your home is. There are certain issues that are paramount when it comes to necessary repairs. Leaks should be a top priority, why? Because they can cause bigger issues if not addressed immediately.

Leaks are directly associated with plumbing problems, in or outside of the house.  Whether it’s a hardware malfunction or aging, having a trusted plumber to rely on is extremely important.

When looking for a plumber, you’ll want a professional that’s equipped and experienced in handling the plumbing problem you’re facing.  Pinpointing a leak quickly without digging around using methods such as leak detection and trenchless drilling can save you time and money.

Let’s take a look at the top 3 reasons to repair leaks quickly.

Basement Flooded Due to Standing Water

Basement Flooded Due to Standing Water

Standing Water & Flooding

Leaks that go on for long periods of time usually cause flooding. Depending on where these leaks are, it is possible to experience standing water. Flooding can damage the flooring in any room of the home. Once repairs are done it is necessary to deal with damaged floors and property. This may mean completely replacing wood floors or carpets.  The quicker they are detected and fixed, the less the damage and costly repairs.

drywall mold

Drywall Damage

Standing water is not only a danger to household floors. This water caused by leaks may also have an impact on your drywall. Repairs here require more than simply cleaning and painting. In some instances, mold occurs where water damage has taken place. Plumbers can repair leaks in most cases, but are not the only professionals needed for drywall damage. General contractors typically do this work.  Avoid the mold by getting leaks fixed right away!

Furniture Replacement Cost

Leaks can occur in virtually any room of a home. This is especially true for those rooms where there are water supplies. Furnishing in these living spaces are often damaged or destroyed. It is often necessary to completely replace the furniture or items in these rooms. Dealing with leaks as soon as they happen is always the best idea. Plumbers are able to prevent further damage and can help your avoid problems

Our Bay Area Plumbers are experts in residential and commercial plumbing repairs, no matter where you experience a plumbing problem, we have the equipment and the man power to handle it quickly.

We’ve been serving the Bay Area since 1989, we’ve seen everything imaginable.  We aim to detect, and correct any plumbing issue within a timely manner to help you avoid added unnecessary costs.

Add us to your speed dial if you’re anywhere in the Bay Area.  Our response time is quick, and you’re satisfaction is guaranteed.


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