Magazinelandonline.com offers homeowners tips for spotting evidence of hidden water leaks during spring chores.
The arrival of spring brings an increase in outdoor activity – including yard chores, deck and outdoor furniture clean up, and swimming pool prep – that can drive water usage and utility bills up.
While this increased seasonal cost is just another reality of home ownership, costs driven by water leaks should not be. From both an environmental and an economic point of view, homeowners should identify and address water leaks quickly.
“Many homeowners are quick to react to the usual source of water leaks, like faulty toilets and drippy faucets,” says a professional plumber (ΑΠΟΦΡΑΞΕΙΣ). “But other, less obvious leaks can also send substantial amounts of water and cash down the drain.
Hidden sources of leaks
Spring is a great time to check for these hidden sources of leaks, to help conserve both a precious resource and your hard-earned cash in this difficult economy.”
For example, if the indicator on your water meter is moving when you know there has been no water usage inside the house, a professional plumber would suggest checking the hose bibs around your yard to make certain the flow of water to the hose is shutting off completely when the hose is not in use.
If these connections are tight, and the meter s indicator is still moving, you may have a pressurized leak underground between the meter and your home.
Or, you could have a slab leak or a leak in your irrigation system. Check your home’s foundation for cracks, uneven growth of vegetation or earth shifts, and walk your yard looking for spongy or even wet areas.
Obvious leak sources
If your inspection doesn’t turn up an obvious leak source, you’ll need to call in a leak plumber who can employ electronic leak detection technology to locate and fix the leak at its source.
When water leaks show up, another utility bill shows a sudden increase. For example, an extraordinarily high gas bill, when there is no smell of gas in the home, could indicate a problem with your water heater!
You may have a faulty thermostat, or, if your water heater seems to be running constantly, you may have water leak in the hot water line from the heater. Warm spots on your floor (your dog or cat may have taken to sleeping there) can also be an indication of a pressurized leak under your home.
Homeowners with swimming pools face additional possible sources of water leaks that can be very costly over the course of a swimming season. Pool owners should use the spring season to prep their pool for summer fun by clearing the pool of leaves and other debris and checking the filtration system.
Then, once the pool owner has filled the pool up to the middle of the skimmer opening and tested the water for safety, he or she should be alert for signs of water leakage.
If the water level in the pool drops by 1/8 inch or more in a 24-hour period, if algae growth begins soon after a chemical treatment or if the pool s automatic filler is running continuously, chances are the pool is leaking. Check for loose or missing tiles, cracks in the pool deck, cracks and gaps in the pool shell, and standing water, soggy spots or uneven grass growth around the pool.
Get professional help
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Plumbers provide the most non-invasive leak detection available, using proprietary methods and technology. 24 hours technicians have found more than five million leaks in residential and commercial buildings, saving customers millions of dollars and supporting the company s ongoing commitment to resource protection.
Call today to schedule your assessment and get started on the path to a cleaner, healthier home.