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Common Plumbing Leaks

All of us will experience a Jacksonville plumbing emergency in our homes or business. Typically these emergencies will come in the form of a water leak. If you have a water leak in your home it is common for the leak to occur from a leaking faucet, toilet, water heater, washing machine hose, or a cracked or broken pipe. If a leak is undetected you could be wasting upwards of 22 gallons of water per day, not including the damage that could be occurring to your home.

Your home is your largest investment, and with any investment, you want to protect it.  So conducting regular checks is important, and when a problem is identified you will want to deal with it immediately. Small plumbing leaks will eventually become large plumbing leaks, which can cause significant damage and potential health hazards. Below are some of the more common leaks that can occur.


Probably the most common leak that all of us have experienced is a leaking faucet. The constant drip even after you turn the faucet to “off” can be frustrating and cost you money. The average faucet can drip over 10 times per minute. This means you are wasting around 2 gallons of water per day and up to 700 gallons per year. This is the most common service call we receive at Metro Rooter on a daily basis.

Having a leaky faucet can cost you money, however, it typically does not cause damage as it is contained to the sink. However, you can also get leaks under the sink. When this happens water can pool on the floor of the cabinet causing damage, and over time mold can grow.

Regardless of the faucet leak, you are experiencing Metro Rooter can assess the problem and address it before the problem can take a turn for the worse.


The majority of toilet leaks occur between the tank and the toilet bowl. This normally doesn’t cause a leak, but rather just a running toilet. However, if your toilet isn’t sitting flush on the floor this can cause water to escape when flushing. If this happens water can puddle around your toilet and over time can cause damage to your subfloor.


Many of us take our water heaters for granted. As the source of hot water for bathing, washing dishes, laundry, etc…we rely on our water heaters daily. Having a water heater leak is not an uncommon occurrence, but it should be addressed immediately as a small leak can grow into a large leak. You should inspect your water heater monthly just to make sure there are no leaks. In the event, you notice any standing water or your hot water supply diminishes it could be a sign of a leak.

In the event, your hot water heater is leaking or is no longer producing hot water contact Metro Rooter. We specialize in water heater repair and replacement services.


Most of us have washing machines in our homes. When a leak occurs with the hoses you can have a significant flood on your hands. The good news is that all of this can be prevented by doing routine inspections. At least every 1-3 months you should inspect the hoses behind your washing machine. If you notice any cracking, rust, loose hoses, or any moisture on the hoses they should be replaced to prevent a bigger issue from occurring.


Plumbing runs throughout our homes, underneath the slab, sub-floor, walls, attics, yard, etc…a leak can occur at any time, anywhere. It is always good to be proactive. Inspect your walls, ceiling, yard, flooring, tile, appliances, valves, toilets, faucets, etc…to make sure you have no leaks anywhere in or around your home. Prevention is always the best strategy when trying to protect your home from water damage.

In the event you feel you may have a leak, go out to your water meter and write down the number you see. Abstain from using any water for 2 hours, then go check the water meter again. If the number changes water is escaping from somewhere. If this occurs it would be wise to contact a licensed plumber in Jacksonville to inspect your home's pipes.


Metro Rooter is one of the largest plumbing contractors throughout Northeast FL. If you feel you are in need of plumbing repair services or you have an emergency plumbing situation that needs immediate attention, call us today (904) 567-3775

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