The best way to stop a leak and save your home from water damages is by detecting where the leak is coming from. However, finding a leak before it has become a major problem isn’t always the easiest task, so we have put together a few helpful leak detection tips below.
1. CHECK YOUR METER
This is one of the easiest and most effective ways to determine if your home has a water leak. Simply turn off all the water in your home; be sure the washing machine and dishwasher are not running and no toilets are being flushed and monitor your water meter. If the meter begins moving right away you may have a fast-moving leak. While continuing to watch the meter, and there is no fast movement, take a recording of the meter and check back in a few hours. When checking back and if the meter has moved with the water in your home still off, you may have a slow moving leak.
2. MONITOR YOUR USAGE
The best way to stay on top of your home’s plumbing system and prevent costly leaks and damages is by monitoring your water bills. You can do this by simply gathering the last few month’s water bills and comparing the amounts. If you see a slow climb in how much water your home is using and you know that your family’s water habits have remained consistent, then it may be a sign that you have a leak somewhere.
3. CHECK ALL OTHER LEAK POINTS
There are many other leak points located inside and outside your home. Check all shower heads for leaks by ensuring there is no dripping while the shower is in the off position. Do the same for any bathtub or sink faucets throughout the home. A leaking faucet is most likely the result of a worn-out rubber washer located under the handle. This may be an easy fix for a homeowner with the right tools and expertise, however if you are unsure, then it’s a good idea to call a professional plumber. While walking around your yard, be sure to check for suspiciously wet and soft spots as well as leaks coming from your garden hose, taps, and irrigation system.
4. Using StreamLabs To Help Monitor Your Plumbing
StreamLabs Smart Home Water Control detects and monitors everyday water usage, leaky pipes, appliance failures, freezing conditions, and running toilets. This information gives homeowners the ability to catch and control water issues. Anytime, anywhere. Using Smart Alerts is a StreamLabs feature that will send an alert directly to your Smartphone anytime a leak is detected and with the Remote Shut-off feature, you are able to turn the source of the leak off without being home, potentially saving you thousands of dollars in water damage repairs. Give Bolton Construction and Services a call to see about installing your very own StreamLabs today.
HAVE YOU BECOME A PRO AT DETECTING LEAKS?
We hope this post has better prepared you to successfully track down leaks in your home and to monitor your home’s overall plumbing performance. If you suspect you have a leak or would like a professional opinion, give us a call or schedule service here. No job is too big or too small for our full-service plumbing technicians and we can provide you with free estimates for just about every project. Give us a call today! (828)253-3621
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