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Water Leak Detection Information

Did you know that the vast amount of household water damage actually comes from water leaks and not from flooding?

What’s even more important to note is that there is much that you can do as a homeowner to prevent water damage from leaks.

Arm yourself with knowledge about leak detection so that you can effectively protect your home. Here is what you need to know.

Realize What Water Damage Can Do

Do you like wasting money? Of course not. However, if you have a leak and you don’t deal with it, that’s what you are doing. A small leak can add up to a lot of wasted water, which will make your bills go up.

What’s more is the extensive damage that can come from a water leak can be really expensive to fix. You may have to repair your home’s structure or remove mold.

How to Determine Where a Leak is Coming From

Now that you know what the real threat of water damage is, it is time to hunt down the cause.

You may have already determined that you have a water leak because you've noticed:

  • your water bills are going up without explanation
  • mold growth
  • a moldy odor in your home
  • evidence of water damage, like moisture on walls or pipes
  • pooling water

Does any of this sound familiar?

Start by pulling back your appliances and checking for water. Connector hoses rupture and are a common source of leaks. Check under sinks for weeping pipes.

In your bathrooms, check that tiles are level and that grout is intact. This works as a barrier to water. Make sure that shower doors close properly. Even an off-kilter shower door can cause water damage.

Ways to Prevent Water Leaks

Do you ever check on your sump pump?

If you experience a significant amount of water flowing from a big leak or a burst pipe, you should make sure that it is cleared from debris and in good working order. Pour a bucket of hot water in now and again to test it.

Ensure that hose bibs are in good repair outdoors. If you have an irrigations system, make sure that there is no water pooling anywhere in your yard.

Make sure that there is no water pooling near your foundation, which could be a sign of a foundation or slab leak.

Avoid putting things down your drains that can cause clogs and stress on your pipes. Get pipes cleaned and inspected for damage regularly.