Tips for Detecting a Leak In Your Home

Tips for Detecting a Leak In Your Home

Tips for Detecting a Leak In Your Home

Did you know that up to 10% of U.S. homes have leaks that waste 90 gallons or more per day? Even small leaks can have a big impact on your water bill and may cause water damage to your home as well. Learning to identify leaks in your Tucson home will help you prevent wasted water and protect your property from damage.

Check Your Water Bill

Your monthly water bill can be the first indication of a plumbing problem. Take a quick look at your water bill every month to see if your water usage has drastically increased. Because there may be seasonal changes in your water usage, compare this month’s bill with your bill during the same month last year. If there is a big difference in your water usage but you haven’t changed your habits, you could have a leak.

Move Your Appliances

Leaks often occur behind appliances, in places where you might not regularly check. Move all water-using appliances, such as your dishwasher, refrigerator, and washing machine, away from the wall to check for leaks or standing water. Look at the hoses that connect the water supply valve in your wall to these appliances as well. Damaged or worn hoses should be replaced—you can do this yourself, or contact a plumber for help.

Look at Your Water Meter

Your home’s water meter monitors all incoming water usage so it can be billed. If a leak is wasting water in your home, your water meter could clue you in to excessive water usage. Turn off all taps and water-using appliances in your home. Check the reading on your water meter, then wait at least half an hour. Don’t use any water during this time. Look at your meter again—has the reading increased? If so, it’s time to contact a plumber to help you find your leak.

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