To home owners, water can be a blessing or curse. When it is nourishing plants, filling the pool for some summer fun, or running from the shower head for an invigorating morning shower, it can be taken for granted. But, when it leaks when it's not supposed to, it can be at the least a nuisance. At the worst, it can cause damage that can run into the thousands of dollars.
Where Do Leaks Occur?
Leaks can happen from faucets, from toilets, or from serious problems with your main water line. In addition, rain water can leak into a home from a damaged roof, an unsealed basement foundation, or other damaged areas in the home.
Steps for Detecting and Repairing Leaks
If you know or suspect that there is a water leakage in your home, there are some steps that you can take to protect your property from expensive damage or from simply wasting precious water.
- If you suspect a leak from the running water, turn off all water faucets and appliances so that no water is running.
- Next, check your water meter. It will usually be in the basement near the hot water heater or the furnace.
- Take a look at the water meter's dial. On newer models, if the small dial on the meter is turning, there is a leak. On older models, if the dial is moving, there is a leak. If the dial is moving slowly, chances are the leak is small. If the dial moves rapidly, you may have a break in your main line.
- Check for wet areas in your yard or under house.
- You may want to call the water company for help.
- Have the leak repaired as soon as possible.
- Once you have the leak repaired, contact the water company and explain the situation. They may offer to make an adjustment.
Basement and Roof Leaks
If the leaking in your house is due to rain water that is getting in, find the source of the leak as soon as possible. If it is from the roof, make sure there is no structural damage before the roof is fixed. If the leak is in the basement, apply a waterproofing material such as liquid asphalt with rubber additives or synthetic rubber.