Approximately 10 percent of all homes in the U.S. have a leak that goes undetected until major damage has occurred. Those small leaks account for nearly 90 gallons of wasted water per day, per household, and increased costs to consumers.
The good news is that there are a number of easy and inexpensive ways that individuals can test for leaks at home. Bear in mind that leaks may not be within the home. They may originate in underground lines and that requires professional services.
One of the first signs of a leak that individuals notice is an increase in their water bill. When water costs consistently increase and there’s been no rate increase or changes in water habits, suspect a leak.
Shut off all the water in the home and make sure water-using appliances aren’t running. Watch the meter – if the dial continues to move, there’s a faster flowing leak. If the dial isn’t moving, keep the water off and check again in a couple of hours. If the dial has moved, there’s a slow leak.
Monitor water bills to detect changes in usage. When water usage habits don’t change within the home, but bills indicate increased usage, it’s a good indication that there’s a leak somewhere within the system.
Outdoor faucets, hoses and irrigation systems are also sources of water leaks. If water seeps through connections on hose connections while the water is on, it can usually be fixed by installing a new rubber hose gasket. Call a professional for irrigation system leaks.
Toilets are often an unknown source of leaks that can account for up to 30 percent of every day water usage. To detect a toilet leak, add a few drops of food coloring to the toilet tank. If the color appears in the toilet bowl after 10 minutes, there’s a leak that needs to be addressed.
Vigilance and Technology
Leaks can happen anytime and often go undetected for long periods before they’re found. Vigilance is required to monitor meters, water usage and changes in bills to identify leaks in their early stages. There are also water leak detectors that work wirelessly to constantly monitor water systems. If a leak is sensed, it immediately shuts off the water.
Individuals also need to be aware that the appearance of mold growth or a musty smell in the home can be an indication of a leak. It should be addressed promptly by professionals that specialize in mold remediation.
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