Leak Definition


A leak is the loss of potable water, greywater or sewage from a plumbing system or component.


Leak Effects


Water type leaks are the most common, and according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, water leaks in the average household can account for more than 10,000 gallons of water wasted each and every day.  Water leaks in particular cause higher water bills and place your home at risk.  



A leak is the loss of potable water, grey water or sewage from a plumbing component usually due to mechanical breakdown or gasket wear.  Leaks frequently occur in toilets, faucets, water lines, drain lines, water heaters, sewer lines, and other places.


GPS Plumbing finds and fixes water leaks fast!  You can rely on our professionally delivered leak repair service to locate and fix every type of leak regardless of size or location.


We fix the leak in:


  • Toilet tanks and piping
  • Dishwasher plumbing
  • Water heaters
  • Hot water recirculation systems
  • Garbage disposals
  • Faucets
  • Garbage disposal plumbing
  • Toilet drains
  • Showers
  • Hose bibs
  • Pipes under slab foundations
  • Icemaker plumbing
  • Water supply lines
  • Washing machine plumbing
  • Water softener plumbing
  • Drains
  • Under sink plumbing
  • Gas supply lines
  • Plumbing to water consuming appliances
  • Shut off valves
  • Water lines, and
  • Other locations and plumbing components


Water Leak Signs and Symptoms


The common signs and symptoms associated with water leaks include:


  • The water meter continues to run when no water is being used
  • The sound of running water when no water is being consumed
  • Sewer odors
  • Unusually high water bills
  • Discolored or damp patches on walls and floors
  • Warm marks on concrete slab floors
  • Chronic sewer backups
  • Mildew
  • Running toilets
  • Dripping faucets
  • Building foundation cracks, vegetation grows unevenly or earth shifts for no apparent reason
  • Others


Common Sources of Leaks 


Some of the most common water leaks occur in:


  • Toilet tanks and piping
  • Dishwasher plumbing
  • Garbage disposal units/plumbing
  • Faucets
  • Showers
  • Hose bibs
  • Piping under floors
  • Garden hose faucets (sill cocks)
  • Water supply lines
  • Washing machine plumbing
  • Water softeners and plumbing
  • Under sink plumbing
  • Faulty shut off valves, and
  • Plumbing to other fixtures and appliances


Causes of Leaks


Some of the most common causes of water leaks include:


  • Poor workmanship
  • Lack of periodic plumbing maintenance (Toilets, sinks, bathtubs, faucets and drains)
  • Faulty valves
  • Loose fittings
  • Inferior set up of pipes
  • Corroded or old pipes
  • Worn washers
  • Other


Impacts of Leaks


The underlying and monetary costs of leaks include:


  • Wasting large amounts of water - 2,000 to 20,000 gallons of water per year
  • Large atypical water bills
  • Substantial structural damage especially when a water leak is ignored


Plumbing Leaks Statistics


  • ~ 1 in every 318 homes has water type leaks
  • A pinhead hole drips ~ 360,000 gallons of water per year – approximately equal to filling 12,000 bathtubs to the brim.
  • A 1/8" pipe hole leaks 2,500 gallons of water in 24 hours
  • ~1 in every 20 swimming pools is leaking as much as 1,000 gallons of water per day
  • Running toilets waste about 90,000 gallons of water per month and inflate water bills by $50
  • A leaky faucet or a dripping hose wastes as much as 180 gallons of water per month and 2,160 gallons per year


Why Repair a Water Leak


Although not every leak may not requirement immediate attention, it is beneficial to fix a leak as soon as possible.  A fixed leak saves you money by:


  • Reducing your water bill each month
  • Minimizing any property or structural damage to your home and property


Other Leaks


We also find and fix leaks in:


  • Gas plumbing
  • Drains
  • Sewer Lines


Why Repair a Gas Leak?


Gas leak are dangerous and pose a health and safety risk to you and your family, and should be found and fixed immediately by a professional plumber company such as GPS Plumbing.


Why Repair a Drain or Sewer Line Leak?


A drain or sewer leak creates a sanitation and hygiene threat to you and your family because they emit raw sewage into your home environment.  Consequently, a drain and sewer line leak requires the immediate attention of a licensed and professional plumbing company.