|Excessive Water Problems
Listen for dripping sounds. As
simple as this step may seem, it may be overlooked in a
busy, noisy home. Even though a dripping faucet may not
seem to waste significant amounts of water, over the
course of day, each individual drop adds up to thousands
and thousands of drops, or gallons and gallons of water.
Choose a time when there is little or no activity, such
as early in the morning, or late at night, when the
house is very quiet.
Look for evidence of a leak along
the base board of walls near the location of your
plumbing fixtures. Pipes that contain water under
pressure can become corroded, develop loose fittings, or
crack because of freezing, allowing a continuous loss of
water until repaired. Mildew or mold, darkened surfaces,
or even puddles of water may occur below leaks. If the
problem is inside the wall cavity, it may be necessary
to remove the paneling, plaster, or wallboard to correct
Look under vanities and sinks for
drips or similar evidence noted in the previous step.
Use a flashlight to follow the path of exposed pipes,
looking for droplets of water that will accumulate at
the lower section before dropping off, and run your
fingertips along these pipes to feel for wetness.
Listen for noises from your
commodes/bathrooms, to determine if they are running at
unusual intervals, when no one has recently flushed them.
When there is a seal leak in the water closet (toilet),
the tank will drain slowly over a period of time, until
the water level drops sufficiently for the float valve
to open and replenish it. Sticking flush valves and
leaking seals in toilets can waste a lot of water,
since, like dripping faucets, the flow, although perhaps
very small, is continuous.
Identify the problem
that is occurring with your drains,
specifically, the individual drains
which are not functioning correctly.
Some typical problems are these:
Slow sink or tub drains.
Water backing up in
the bath tub, shower, or sink.
Wet areas in walls or along
floors in rooms adjacent to
walls containing drain pipes.
Wet areas in the lawn near
Unusual gurgling or bubbling
sounds when water is draining.
Try to determine the extent of
your "slow drain" problem. If it is isolated to only
one sink or other fixture, it is probably localised to
the individual pipe that connects that fixture to the
main line. In other words, if only the kitchen sink
drains slowly, the problem is in the sink trap or drain
line that connects to the larger pipes which
additionally carries water from other sinks, the
commode, and the bath tub.
Determine the route the waste
water takes to reach the main drainpipe. Many times,
the individual drain pipes are routed though the wall
cavity, interconnecting to other pipes, which then go
below the floor and exit the home to either the septic
system or sanitary sewer.
Flush the drain which is not
operating like it should with very hot water. For a
bathroom or kitchen sink, this can be done by
stopping the drain and filling the sink with hot
water from the faucet. Unstop the plug, and the water
will drain into the material which is clogging the
pipes, and it the material is a residue of grease or
greaselike waste, the hot water may dissolve it
sufficiently to flush enough of it out the pipes to
restore your flow.
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