If you’ve noticed an increase in your water bill that you can’t explain, it might be time to check for water leaks in and around your house. Fixing a water leak can reduce your water bill and can keep you from having costly repairs due to water damage. Here are some things to do if you think you may have a leak:
- Check Your Water Meter – Your meter box is usually near the street in front of your home in a direct line with the main outside faucet. Make sure that no water is running inside or outside the house and take a meter reading before you go to bed. Make sure not to use any water after bedtime (this includes toilet flushes!). When you wake up in the morning, look at the meter again. If the second reading is greater than the previous one, then you may have a water leak.
- Check for Dripping Faucets – a dripping faucet can use several gallons of water per day. It’s important to make sure that the taps and connections aren’t dripping or leaking. Many times, a dripping faucet can be fixed inexpensively with new washers.
- Listen for Toilets that Run Between Flushes – If you hear your toilet running when nobody has used it recently, then it is likely leaking. The rubber flapper valve is often the culprit. To check a toilet for a leak, you can add 2 or 3 drops of food coloring to the water in the reservoir or tank and wait about 15 minutes. If the water in the bowl changes colors, it’s time to change that rubber flapper.
- Keep an Eye Out for Mold, Mildew, or Stained Walls – Unseen water leaks can rapidly lead to costly damage in your home. Keep an eye out for water stains on your walls or ceiling. If you have a plumbing leak in the walls or floors, by the time you find it, you may already have damage, not only from the water but also from the mold and mildew that love those dark, damp areas. The sooner you can take care of the problem, the less costly it may be.
- Check your Irrigation System -If you have leaks in your irrigation system, they may not be noticeable unless your system is running. Turn your controller on manually and walk your property looking for broken sprinkler heads, missing emitters (which will produce small streams of water) or breaks in irrigation piping or tubing.
If you need help finding or fixing a leak, give us a call at 817-330-9235. We have a network of trusted, experienced professionals to assist with all of your home repair needs. We’re happy to help!