Expert Water Leak Detection Tips

Expert Water Leak Detection Tips

Finding a leak in your house isn't always easy. But even if you don’t know a leak is there, it might still be doing major damage to your house under the floors, between the walls, or even to the foundation.

Knowing how to detect leaks and prevent them is a key ability for homeowners. We’ll give you some tips on how to detect them, how to stop them, and why it’s such an important task.

Know What the Consequences of Water Leaks at Home Are

Having running water in your house is something that most of us take for granted, but you really appreciate what you have when your systems stop functioning as they should.

One possible cause of this headache is a water leak, which can cause major problems when it goes undetected or unresolved.

As a homeowner, it’s vital that you take care of leaks as soon as you find them, because the consequences of long-term water damage in your home can be severe.

Long-term water damage effects:

  • flooding
  • rust
  • mold
  • exacerbated allergies and asthma (from mold growth)
  • exorbitant water bills
  • wasted resources
  • low water pressure
  • rot and deterioration
  • burst pipes
  • damaged belongings
  • costly repairs

How to Prevent Leaks

Preventing leaks before they can cause any water damage is one of the easiest and least taxing chores around the house.

It could save you thousands of dollars in both repairs and on your water bill. For starters, perform the inspections above regularly to look for issues, and address problems straight away.

You should also inspect your appliances regularly for leaks, and make sure you keep them properly maintained.

Also, don’t use corrosive pipe cleaners, keep your water pressure at the right level, and have your septic system, water heater, and sump inspected and maintained regularly.

It’s also a good idea to drain your water heater regularly, as this will keep it in tip top shape and prevent corrosion that could cause leaks.

Nobody likes to think about things that could go wrong around the house, especially when you're busy with hundreds of other things and operating on a tight budget.

But prevention, regular inspections, and maintenance will ensure that you're not caught off-guard by major water issues, and this will save you money and time in the long run.

How to Find the Source

Determine if there's a leak: Start by instructing everyone in the house not to use the water.

Then check your water meter, wait two hours, and then check again to see if the meter changed (if it did, there's a leak to find).

Check the faucets and fixtures: Do a visual examination of all your taps and showerheads to look for leaks and drips.

To check the toilets, place a few drops of food coloring in the tank and wait half an hour to see if it leaks into the bowl.

Inspect the pipes: For the pipes you can see, check for leaks and drips.

For pipes you can't see, you'll have to inspect the surrounding areas, which include floors, walls, ceilings, and cabinetry for signs of water or damage.

Examine your yard: Check for possible problems with the sewer line or main water line.

Walk around your property—including the lawn, driveway, and garage—and look for puddles, moist areas, and areas that look like they're often wet.

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