Household water leaks account for a huge chunk of your water bill and can damage your fixtures. According to the EPA, fixing the flows can help you save up to 10 percent of your water expenses.
Here are some things you can do to find those (expensive) leaks:
Monitor Your Water Bills
Ideally, your monthly water bill should stay within the same range unless there is a peak in consumption. Review your bills for the past 3-6 months. If you notice a steady rise, and yet your usage has barely changed, a leak could be the culprit. You might want to get this fixed before it adds a leak in your pocket.
Inspect the Plumbing System for Leaks
Leaks can happen anywhere in the plumbing system. It is always good to start by inspecting the obvious places like the faucets and anywhere with a joint. Even though they might seem minimal, the constant drips can blow up your water consumption. If you have underground lines running through your garden, wet patches on the ground could indicate a possible leakage.
In severe cases, the leaking water can form small streams and puddles around your garden. Remember to check the pressure valve in your heater and the outlet valve in your supply meter.
Inspecting the Interior for Leaks
If you have pipes running behind a wall, a moldy patch signals a leak in one of the pipes. The same case applies to the floors around the house, including the basement. Floor tiles may also start to bulge and loosen up from the leaks. While a leak is not always the case, it is good to check with the plumber so that you can rule out the causes.
When your whole house is stale and damp, there is a high chance that you the plumbing is leaky. Another way that you can check for leaks is by reading the meter. If it keeps on running after turning off all the taps, then water could be flowing from somewhere else.
Inspect the Toilet for Leaks
Some leaks in the toilet can go unnoticed for a long time. For instance, if the bottom rubber seal is broken, the water in the tank will keep dripping into the bowl. To detect such leaks, turn off the water supply and measure the water levels at 20-minute intervals. If you notice any decrease, the tank might be leaking.
Keep your ears open for possible signs of a leak. For instance, if the water is still running even after flushing, there could be a problem in the tank. You can also look for signs of dampness, browning, or graying stains around the floors.
Look for Professional Assistance
You will be putting your money to better use when you choose to call a professional. Plumbers have more ways and tools for checking leaks. Coupled with their years of experience, they can find and fix leaks more quickly and accurately. An experienced professional will run through the entire house to ensure that nothing is left unfixed.