Early detection of a water leak will not only reduce the chances of potential damage, but also save you money too. Here at Watermains & Drains UK Ltd, we don’t like disasters, so we’ve put together a guide taking you through signs that you may have a leak and when you should consider contacting a qualified water industry approved contractor (WIAPS).
Check your water meter
One of the main ways to tell if you have a leak in a section of your plumbing is to check the water meter. To do this, you’ll first have to turn off all the water in your home. Shut off all faucets, and make sure the dishwasher, washing machine or other water connected appliances are not running. Then, watch the meter and check if it begins to change.
If it does change, you likely have a fast-moving leak.
If the meter doesn’t change straight away, wait two hours and check it again. If at this point you spot a change, despite the water still being turned off, you could be dealing with a slower leak.
The leak could be anywhere after the meter, or even underground.
Look at your usage
Checking your winter water usage is vital when running a home, as it could highlight a leak is occurring somewhere in your home. If a family of four is using more than 12,000 gallons of water per month, then the chances are there is a serious leak problem somewhere in your plumbing system.
Monitor your bill
If your water bill consistently rises, but your water use habits haven’t changed, a leak may be to blame. Gather up your bills from the past few months and compare them. Your water bill should remain within the same range month to month. If you spot a significant difference, it’s best to have a professional plumber make a thorough check of all the pipes. A warm spot on the floor, or the sound of water running need imeddiate professional attention.
Food coloring test
Your toilet can actually account for up to 30% of your water use, therefore it’s important you ensure it’s running properly. To test for leaks, add a few drops of food coloring to your toilet tank and wait 10 minutes. If the color shows up in your bowl, then you have a leak allowing water to flow from the tank to your drain without ever flushing the bowl.
Check exterior usage
It’s not just the interior of your home you need to watch out for, but the exterior too. Check your outside spigots by attaching a garden hose; if water seeps through the connection while the hose is running, replace the rubber hose gasket and check to see if all connections are tight.
Consider calling a professional once a year to check your irrigation system, if you have one.
Did you know? Even a small leak could be wasting 6,300 gallons of water per month.
Ensure you regularly check the back of cabinets and under basins for any signs of mold or foul smells that may indicate a leak as efficient attention could save you a lot of money, and time, in repairs. Consider having a professional plumber make an annual inspection of your home to check for leaks or potential plumbing problems.
If your home is over 25 years old, you may want to be particularly vigilant as your plumbing system may be reaching it’s life expectancy. Inspect all accessible connections at the water heater, pumps, washing machine hoses and valves for oxidation or discoloration – clear signs of a slow leak.
Turning a blind eye to a leaking water main could cause serious problems to your property such as damp or subsidence, we would advise that any known leaks are investigated and fixed as a matter of urgency.
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