Your home has many plumbing pipes installed throughout your home — in your walls, under floors and even under your lawn and garden. A leak can happen just about anywhere imaginable, depending on the location and water flow, it could be extremely hard to detect
But that doesn’t mean you can disregard a potential water leak. Water damage can be extremely destructive to your home, and that’s not to mention the waste and the additional dollars on your quarterly water bill. It’s important for your home, your wallet/purse to be vigilant against any leaks.
The Easy Bit
Gathering some necessary evidence that you may have a leaky pipe is relatively simple. Most homeowners get the idea something could be amiss when they receive a higher than average water bill. If your water habits have not changed but your water bill spikes, it’s time to take some action.
Walk around your home and outside your property looking for any visible signs of dampness or damage caused by water. Your nose can aid you here, since water leaks will most often result in a smelly mold or mildew.
If you cannot find the leak straight away, there’s a simple solution. Isolate the water-using appliances in your home, such as toilets and cold water fridge lines. Check your water meter numbers and dial before you go to bed and write down the current reading or take a photo using your phone. Don’t use any water overnight in your home. Check the water meter in the morning if the numbers and pin/dial have moved, you most likely have a leak.
Find It, Fix It
If you’re confident you have a leaky pipe but you still cannot locate the exact source, it’s time to call a plumber. Plumbing expert such as Twin Plumbing can help you identify parts of your home plumbing system that you may not even know exist. And with the use of cameras and sound equipment on the end of long, flexible plumbing snakes, a plumber can help you see just about every centimeter of piping in your system.
If you want to get proactive about leaky pipes, you may want to look into water sensors. These individual devices can be easily installed in areas where hidden leaks may occur such as at the base of a storage hot water cylinder, and most sophisticated versions can even automatically isolate the water to your home or apartment when water is detected.
Water sensors can be costly, so they’re not practical for all applications around the home. If you do not think it’s worth the extra expense, you can simply make a practice of keeping an eye out (and nose) for signs of water damage as you move and work throughout your home and garden area
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