How Our Lodi Plumbers Can Save You Money
While installing a low flow or WaterSense certified shower head is a good way to limit the amount of water that you are using (The EPA estimates that a household could save up to 30 gallons of water a day, or over 10,000 gallons a year) that's not the only way to save money in the bath. Inspecting the pipes behind the access panel in the wall can help you identify potential leaks. These leaks often go unnoticed until the ceiling below them suffers a catastrophic failure. Checking these pipes every three months is a good way to catch small leaks before they end up causing tens of thousands of dollars in damage.
Another place that can be subject to leaks is the seal behind the bathtub faucet. A small drip in the tub may be just a bit annoying, but it can lead to thousands of gallons of wasted water a year. If your tub is suffering from a leaky faucet, replace the seal immediately.
On occasion, a valve will get stuck. This usually happens in older-style faucets that have a pull mechanism in the top that redirects water flow to the shower head. These valves can often be fixed by loosening the faucet and repositioning the valve. If the valve is cracked it will need to be replaced.
If you are noticing a moist area in the ceiling below your bathroom tub but can't find the cause, it's time to call in professional help. Although it is rare, sometimes the seal around the underside of the drain cracks and causes a leak that requires either a new sealant or porcelain graft.