If you’ve ever had a major household leak, or even a small one that went undetected for several years, you know just how expensive a water leak can be. When it comes to those tiny, easily undetected ones, a water leak is like a silent killer to your cash flow. Of course, much of the expense can be avoided, so long as you know how to catch and prepare leaks before they get out of hand. There are all kinds of indicators that you can find around the house. It’s really not that hard, you just have to know what to look for. From your ceiling to your floors there are all kinds of subtle signs. Here are a few pointers on how to avoid costly household water leaks.
- Keep your eyes open. There are a few key places that you want to inspect on a regular basis. You want to inspect cabinets under sinks at least once a year. If the wood is soft or warped, you have a leak on your hands. Inspect the hosing on your washing machine and your ice maker. Your washing machine should be connected with steel-braided hosing rather than rubber. This should be replaced about once every 5 years. Washing machine leaks are one of the costliest types of home leak so you don’t want to take any chances. The plastic hosing on your ice maker should be replaced if it’s cracked or discolored.
- Keep your ears open. There are a few things that you want to be listening for on a regular basis. Many leaks go undetected because people aren’t listening for them. You want to listen for dripping faucets and leaking toilets. Oftentimes, a toilet tank will continue refilling endlessly. The plunger at the bottom of the tank never closes completely, so the water continues flowing. It may discontinue if you jiggle the handle, but how long was it going before your discovered it? This kind of leak can increase your monthly water bill by up to fifty percent.
- Get your units inspected. If you have a leak in your air conditioning unit, your radiator or your water heater, it could do major damage to your floors, walls, and ceiling. Not to mention, the entire unit will have to be replaced. It may seem costly to book yearly appointments to have your units inspected, but it’s nothing in comparison to the replacement costs you will incur if your unit has a leak. You can have Leak Masters do a full home inspection to be sure that no stone has been left unturned.
- Install a water detection alarm. Water detection alarms can be installed in key places, like in bathrooms, the basement, and the kitchen to detect leaks right away. These days they even sell alarm systems that will alert you even if you aren’t home. All you have to do is download the app on your smartphone, and you will be alerted no matter where you are. How cool is that?