Detecting Leaks Early Can Save You Thousands.


If your water bill is higher than usual –for no apparent reason– its time to do a little household investigating to see if you have a leak. First, turn off all appliances that use water such as washing machines, ice-makers, and faucets. Then, make sure no one uses any water for at least an hour. That means do not use any sinks or faucets, inside or out, and no toilet flushing. Next, go outside and check the reading on your meter. After an hour, check the meter again. If it has not moved then there are no leaks. If is has, check each fixture, faucet and appliance, one by one. Be sure to also look for any telltale puddles or wet spots on floors or ceiling.  A leak within a wall or under a floor, left unattended, could result in serious structural damage over a period of time. If you still can’t find the leak in the house you can step up your investigation and try to determine if a leak is outside the house. First, you will need to turn the water off where it enters your home. Note the reading on the water meter and then take a break. Later, check the meter again and see if the reading has changed. If the reading has changed then you have found the leak. If it hasn’t, then you may need to call a plumber and have him determine if you have a leak. By taking a little time to get to the bottom of your rising water bill, you could save a lot of money.

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