Water leaks are a common problem, and every homeowner will likely have to deal with them in some regard. Water leaks can start small and go unnoticed until they cause more severe damage that can’t be overlooked. Water damage can result in expensive and lengthy repairs to house areas affected by mold and other consequences. To help prevent water damage and save money overall, confirming there are no leaks is paramount. Here are a few simple steps to regularly check and ensure your home is leak-free.
Toilets are used regularly and expend their fair share of water, and a leak can add up to wasted gallons and money on the next water bill. To check the toilet for leaks, you will need regular food coloring. Remove the lid to the tank and drop some food coloring in. Wait for about ten minutes and return to check the bowl. If there is color in the bowl, water is leaking from the tank without flushing.
Outdoor water leakages account for a large percent of the common water leaks. Leaks can be costly, whether caused by a regularly used outdoor hose or the property’s irrigation system. To check the outdoor spigot, attach a garden hose. Turn on the water and if there is any water lost from anywhere but the spraying end of the hose. If water is coming out, it’s likely the rubber hose gasket is leaking and needs replacing. When excess water is spilling into the yard, sidewalk, or street, an irrigation system is likely leaking, and a professional will need to be called.
Check The Meter
The water meter should be a clear indication of a water leak. Although used mainly by professionals, it also can be a valuable tool for homeowners. To check for leaks using the water meter, first turn off all the water in the house and make sure none is running in any appliance. Then check the meter to see if it continues to move. To check for a slower leak, leave the water off for two hours and come back and check the meter for any movement again. If the meter has moved in either test, there is a water leak.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the average household should use 12,000 gallons of water a month. Use the water bill to check and see if excess water is being expended. Compare water bills to previous statements, and if it seems high, there is likely a leak somewhere in the house.
Call The Plumbing Professionals
To determine if there is a leak or to have a water leak repaired properly, it is best to call a professional. Contact Elite Plumbing & Heating, Inc. for affordable and accurate licensed plumbing services to help diagnose and stop leaks in your home. Give us a call today! 781-438-2997