Test Your House for Water Leaks

A water leak can be a huge drain on your wallet if it’s not found and stopped in relatively short order. Even if your water cost itself is low, the damage continual water leaks can do to walls, foundations and floors are the hidden cost that will come back to haunt you. In the interest of your own bank account, you owe it to yourself to become a water leak detector and find out where your money is literally leaking away. There are several methods that allow you to do this in your home with relatively little work and materials, making this cost-effective endeavor more than pay for itself. Once you find the water leak, you can call professionals like those at Dr. Pipe drain and plumbing to fix your problem for good, saving you that formerly wasted money that would be better spent elsewhere!

You can begin to test your house for water leaks by starting outside at the water meter. Make a note of the numerical reading on your water meter and shut off the water main. If the number on the meter continues to climb, you know that your leak – or at least one of them – is occurring in the path from the meter to the main. If, however, the number remains constant it’s time to head back inside to check the interior of the home. On your way back in, visually inspect the outdoor garden hoses for leaks or drips – these outdoor culprits are often guilty of wasting water without homeowners even being aware.

Your next stop is the bathroom. Lift the lid off of your toilet tank and listen for any running water or hissing sounds when the water is still. Another clever water leak detector between the bowl and tank is adding a few drops of food coloring to the clean water in the toilet tank. Don’t flush the toilet, but examine the bowl for several minutes: if any color appears, you know you have a water leak in the tank valve. While in the bathroom, be sure to check the showerhead and sink and tub taps as well for water leaks. If there is a leak between a pipe and a removable piece (such as a showerhead), unscrewing the component and adding a little teflon tape around the seams will help make it watertight again.

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