If the water company has recently raised the cost of water, there isn’t anything we can do about that. However, if you have recently noticed an unexplained increase in your water consumption, you may have a plumbing problem. We offer plumbing services in Kansas City if you discover a plumbing problem. If you aren’t sure if you have a plumbing problem, check the following:
Is Your Water Running?
Start by turning off all the faucets and devices inside and outside your house that use water (washing machine, dishwasher, faucets, sprinkler system, etc.). Next, walk outside to your water meter. If everything connected to your fresh water supply is turned off, your meter should not register incoming water. If your water meter display is moving, then you have a problem and need to check a few things before calling the best plumbing company in Kansas City.
Check Your Toilets
The toilet flapper valve in your toilet tank is the most common source of plumbing problems that lead to wasted water. It is rarely even necessary to take the lid off your toilet tank to determine if the water continues to run after it should shut off. Stand in front of your toilet and listen carefully. If the water in your toilet is running but hasn’t been flushed recently, you have a problem.
If you think your toilet is running unnecessarily, this most often occurs for one of three reasons: either the flap is not adjusted correctly and sticks open, the flap is worn out and no longer seals well to the base of the toilet tank, or the water fill valve is damaged and is not shutting off when the tank is full.
If the flap is stuck open, put it back in place, let the tank fill and make sure the water stops flowing after the tank is full. If the flap is closed, but the tank isn’t filling with water, you probably need a new flap. If the tank is full, but the water continues flowing, you need a new filler assembly (or float if the float is sunken).
If you just have a worn-out flap, turn the water off at the toilet, remove the flap and take it with you to the hardware store. Your new flap needs to be the exact same size as the old one.
Check Appliances that Use Water
Occasionally, a washing machine, dishwasher, or another device that uses water will develop a leak. This is not very common, but it’s worth checking.
What to Do if You Can’t Find the Leak
After confirming that your toilets, sinks, faucets, appliances, etc., are in good condition, but your water meter continues flowing, it’s time to call for professional plumbing services in Kansas City.
Do You Need the Best Plumbing Company in Kansas City? Call Mac Wilson Plumbing!
At Mac Wilson, our team of professional, licensed technicians can resolve any plumbing or water pressure issue you might have.
We can replace a broken faucet, unclog a drain, replace your supply lines, or do water heater repair in Kansas City.