If you suspect a water leak in your home, read these tips on what to do next!
A Water Meter- the fastest and easiest way to determine if you have a water leak in your home. First things first, turn off all the water in your home. Make sure your dishwasher, your washing machine, ice maker and refrigerator are also turned off. Check your meter, then wait approximately an hour and see if your meter has changed. If it has, then there is a water leak in your home somewhere.
Leaks will increase your water bill and also cause severe damage to your home. Sometimes leaks can occur without the homeowner being aware of it.
Find the Source of the Leak.
Sometimes you will know as soon as the leak happens because of its location. If water is pouring from the ceiling and there is a bathroom above it then it’s an easy find! If its not that easy to detect then check your toilet tank, as this is quite often the location of leaks due to the amount of moving parts required to keep it working. To test for leaks in your toilet tank, add a few drops of food coloring to your toilet tank and wait 10 minutes. If the color shows up in your bowl, then you have a leak allowing water to flow from the tank to your drain without ever flushing the bowl. If it is not the toilet then check your pipes under sinks. Sometimes they might be a quick fix.
IF you still cannot figure it out where the leak is then call your plumber ASAP!
Look and feel for portions of your property that are always wet. Look at your driveway and curb for evidence of water flow. Check your outside spigots by attaching a garden hose; if water seeps through the connection while the hose is running, replace the rubber hose gasket and check to see all connections are tight. Consider calling a professional once a year to check your irrigation system if you have one. A system with even a small leak could be wasting 6,300 gallons of water per month.
Hiring A Professional
It is an extremely good idea to hire the services of a professional if you’re unsure about any of this. A bit of DIY is by no means a bad thing on some occasions, plumbing is a serious business, and as such any serious issues can end up costing thousands to fix. If you don’t feel confident in dealing with plumbing, then let a professional plumber take care of it all. Getting things wrong could end up costing you far more money than it actually needs to, especially if you make the problem worse!
Make Sure Your House Is Insured
Always ensure that you have good house insurance cover just in case a water leak causes a ceiling to come down damaging contents in the room below.