Money-Saving Info About Water Leak Detection
As a homeowner, you are always looking for ways to save money, right? Have you stopped to think about how you might be wasting money? If you’ve got a water leak, you are throwing money away.
It’s common to think that a small drip from a pipe isn’t a big deal; it’s only a little water. But think of how much water that can add up to over time.
Not only are you losing money by wasting water, but a water leak can also cost you a fair bit more if you sustain water damage as a result. It’s not worth the risk.
Don’t ignore water leaks. Here is what you need to know.
Do I Have a Leak?
If you think that you might have a leak, there are a few ways to tell for sure. If your water meter continues to climb, even after the water is turned off, you may have a leak.
Examine gaskets and pipe fittings for moisture, which could indicate a leak.
Other signs that you’ve got a leak are:
- – damp spots on the ceiling, walls, or floorboards
- – cold spots on the walls
- – increased water bills
- – a musty odor
- – damaged paint or wallpaper
- – mold growth
Prevent Leaks Where You Can
Did you know that one of the most dangerous places in your home for water leaks is from your washing machine hoses? Same goes for the hoses on the ice maker in your fridge.
It’s not commonly known that these hoses need to be replaced every 5 to 7 years. It’s advisable to have stainless steel braided hoses for extra protection against leaks.
Another common cause of water leaks is corroded pipes. What are your pipes made of? If your home is older, you want to get in the habit of getting your pipes inspected and cleaned regularly.
You may even want to be proactive and have your pipes replaced with durable PVC piping instead.
Leaks can happen outside too. Do you have an irrigation system? Make sure it hasn’t been damaged by severe weather. Don’t forget to check hoses and hose bibs too.
Why do I Need to Worry About Water Damage?
If you want to play out scenarios, a water leak can wreak havoc on your home.
Not only could your belongings be damaged due to flowing (or even trickling) water, the structure of your home can be harmed.
T his can be very inconvenient and costly to fix.
You may have heard of the dangers of mold growth and how it can threaten your health.
Mold growth is one of the more serious by-products of water damage.
You or your family can become very ill if you inhale mold spores.