Checking Your Home For a Leak
Do you suspect that your home or property has a water leak? Do you smell mold or mildew when you walk in? If you actually have a minor water leak, locating it can save you water, which saves money on water and sewer bills! Just check off these steps for inspecting your home and sprinkler irrigation water systems.
The first step to checking for water leaks is to shut off all of the appliances that use water in your home. The goal is to stop water usage. Stop using sinks, washers, showers, refrigerators (and built in ice machines), and any other appliances that use water. If you have a sprinkler system, you should make sure that it is isolated from the home plumbing. The point is to be able to check your water gauge to see if the “leak indicator” is moving. If it spins, you have a leak. If there is no such indicator installed on your water meter, or it is not moving, and the main meter dial is moving instead, you definitely have a leak somewhere on your system. If nothing is moving, recheck the meter in about ten minutes and again ten minutes after that. If anything has changed, you may have a slow leak.
The next step is to shut off the main valve for your property or home. This cuts off the flow from the city to your individual house. Once off, you need to check a faucet or sink inside your home. The water should not run for more than a few seconds – if it flows like normal, then you did not turn the shut-off valve properly.
Check the meter again to see if anything is moving. If the leak or main meter hand is still fluctuating, then the water is still flowing between the meter and your shut-off valve that usually indicates a leak between the two connections. If it is not moving and you are still sure that you have a leak, then the problem lies within the house and the shut-off valve. In order to figure out where the leak is originating from, you’ll need to check toilets, dishwashers, faucets, washing machines, and other appliances that use water.
A great way to check your toilet for a leak is to add coloring to the tank, right after flushing. Wait about half an hour and if the water in the bowl is colored, then you need to replace your flapper valve because of leaking.
Water damage is most visible in flooding from natural disasters or backed up sewage, but the minor unchecked water leaks can still do a great deal of damage if not caught. The general hazards of water damage are extensive given enough time. Water causes everything from rotted drywall and insulation to warped structural support. This can have cause serious health problems because of mildew and mold growth in your home. If you have water damage, call Restoration Local 24/7 at 1-888-443-3110 for a free estimate!