Manage the water in your home and you’ll avoid so 80% of issues that affect a house. It’s something my Dad told me a long time ago and it stuck….and it’s soooo true! Water can do a lot of damage. Some helpful hints are:
- Compare your water bills to see if your water usage is higher than normal. Yup, I am speaking from experience here. It wasn’t a pleasant surprise.
- Drips are bad, especially if it’s water dripping inside your home! Keep an eye out for drips anywhere (not just the ones from the sky).
- If you are seeing spots, and it’s not from someone’s camera flash, it might be a cry for help from your house that something isn’t quite right.
- Toilets can be such a drain. If they are the old 6 gallon type, consider replacing. It will pay itself back. If there is handle jiggling involved, well, time to stop the jiggle. (More of that personal experience here.)
- There are ways to determine if you have a leak,
- Make sure no water is being used inside or outside of your house.
- Locate your water meter and check the leak indicator to see if it is moving. Depending on the brand of your meter, the leak indicator could be a small triangular shaped dial or a small silver wheel that rotates when water is flowing through the meter. If the dial is moving, chances are, you have a leak.
- Or, you can also take a meter reading and wait 1 or 2 hours and take another meter reading (make sure no water is used during this time). If the reading has changed, you have a leak.
- To find out if it’s inside, or outside
- Locate your home’s main shut off valve and shut off the water at the valve. Typically, you will find the shut off valve in the basement or garage directly behind an outdoor faucet, or outside below an outdoor faucet.
- Again, check the leak indicator for movement or use the meter reading method, making sure not to use any water during this period. If the leak indicator stops moving or there is no change in the meter readings, then you have a leak inside of the house. If the leak indicator continues to move or there is a change in the meter readings, then the leak is outside between the meter and the house. (gasp!)
- If you are unable to locate the leak, you may need to call a plumber.
Water, water everywhere, but not in your home!