Don’t be fooled into thinking a minor leak is a minor problem. Even the smallest leaks can turn into costly water bills and result in major damage.
Turn Off the Water and Check Meter
Turn off the main water valve and then check the water meter outside your home. Is it still moving? If so, water is flowing somewhere and it’s time to investigate.
Look at Your Water Bill
A sudden or large fluctuation in your water bill for unknown reasons could be a tip off to one or more water leaks. Even if you don’t see obvious evidence of water damage, a bigger water bill probably means water is leaking somewhere.
Use Water Detection Devices
Water detection gadgets and devices can detect water leaks or failures of appliances such as washing machines, dishwashers, water heaters and sump pumps.
Check Appliances for Leaks
Appliances are where most water leaks begin. You could prevent thousands of dollars in damage by doing a simple inspection once a year. It only takes a few minutes.
- Inspect your washer, dishwasher and other water-related appliances for worn or damaged hoses at least once a year.
- Replace any suspect hoses before they become a major water damage problem.