Useful Water Leak Detection Tips
Useful Water Leak Detection Tips
Do you know how much a gallon of water costs? How about 10,000? Because that’s how much water you could be wasting each year if you have leaks in your house that you haven’t fixed or haven’t found.
By fixing these leaks, you could save 10 percent on your water bill, and do a small part to help the planet.
Because leaks and water damage are so common in homes, today’s discussion will be dedicated to tips you can use to locate leaks and prevent them, but also information about what can happen if you ignore them.
Know How to Locate a Leak
Determine if there is a leak by checking the water meter reading, not using the water for two hours, and then checking the meter again. No change in the reading means no leak.
Step 2 (If you found evidence of a leak):
Walk around the kitchen, bathrooms, and laundry room.
Check the faucets, toilets, shower heads, appliances, and other fixtures for drips, dribbles, moisture, corrosion, and other signs of water problems.
Step 3 (If you found no leaks in step 2):
Visit the other areas of the house and check pipes for leaks and corrosion.
Because you won’t be able to see the pipes that are under floors, behind walls, or above ceilings, you’ll have to check the areas around the pipes.
Check the drywall, ceiling, woodwork, flooring, etc. for moisture, wetness, dark spots, mold, cracking, and bubbling.
Step 4 (If you still haven’t found the leak):
Walk around your yard, on the driveway, and in the garage to inspect for moisture, soft ground, dead patches of grass, puddles, and other possible water issues.
This could mean the leak is in your sewer line or main water line.
What Happens When You Ignore a Leak?
Undetected water leaks can cause problems all over your house, including to the floors, the drywall or plaster, woodwork, foundation, ceilings, and even your belongings.
Not only can the water cause rot and deterioration that will require materials to be replaced, but it can also lead to mold, mildew, rust, and other secondary problems.
Finally, for households with members who suffer from allergies or asthma, mold growth that’s caused by water problems can worsen the symptoms of these health issues.
Health Tip: It only takes 24 hours of a surface being wet for mold and mildew to start growing.
It’s important to keep an eye out for non-leak related water problems too, such as condensation, wet basements, and showers that don’t get dried out properly.
How to Stop Leaks in the First Place
There are lots of things you can do around the house to prevent water damage and leaks. To start, perform the inspections mentioned above (of the faucets, walls, yard, pipes) regularly to check for signs of water or possible future problems.
If you detect any issues, fix them immediately or call in an expert. Other tips for leak prevention include:
- Maintain the right water pressure
- Don’t use corrosive drain cleaners
- Keep tree roots away from sewer and water lines
- Drain your water heater annually
- Inspect and maintain appliances that use water
- Have your septic tank pumped and inspected
Water leaks don’t just cause damage in your house: they also cost you money in wasted water and repairs.
Regular inspections, proper maintenance, and preventative steps will help stop leaks and water damage from becoming a headache in your house, and they’ll also help protect your family from certain health issues associated with mold.