Four Most Common Sources of Water Leaks

If you have ever stared at a water bill and wondered if you actually used all the water listed, you may want to give yourself peace of mind by checking for a water leak.  You’ll be amazed at how much a seemingly tiny leak can cost you over the run of a month.  At Blue Planet Drains & Plumbing, we have occasionally run across leaks during home inspections, plumbing fixes, and installation assignments.  Four of the most common places that we find them are listed below.


One water drip per second equals to 3,000 gallons per year!  So, if any of your faucets has a water leak, it is going to cost you.  Some of the more evasive faucet water leaks are found within the handles, seals, and internal washers.  These are the worst type.  It could seem as though a little water moisture has accumulated due to water splash, while the whole time you are dealing with a water leak.

Outside Spigots

Outside spigots found around the home often are out of sight, out of mind.  Unfortunately, this could spell mean a lot of water waste until the leak discovered.  Shifts in a home’s foundation due to excessive heat (which can be common in Bonita, Del Mar, Carlsbad, Chula Vista, Encinitas, La Jolla, Lakeside, Oceanside, Poway, Rancho Bernardo, and Rancho Santa Fe) can result in damaged spigots.


It is normal for a shower head to drip after the shower is disengaged.  However, do you wait to see if it stops?  Hardly any one does!  A simple o-ring wearing out can lead to a slow drip.


One of the most common leaks is within a toilet.  It is easy to discover if you hear your toilet running continually.  However, the biggest problem is when you cannot hear it because there is a slow leak.

You should inspect your plumbing at least bi-annually to verify that everything is working correctly.  Doing so can help you to prevent a surprise water bill and a plumbing emergency.  Not sure what to look for?  Give the team at Blue Planet Drains & Plumbing a call!  (858) 914-4696.