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water damageLeaks and floods in your home can lead to extremely costly repairs, which is why we recommend taking a proactive approach to monitoring for these issues. Finding and fixing a small leak is much cheaper than dealing with serious water damage. Set a calendar alert for each month to remind yourself to walk around your home checking for small cracks or leaks that could turn into a bigger problems down the road.

Many people associate leaks with water heaters, but they actually have many potential points of origin. Here is a list of the most common leak sources and how you can check for arising issues.
  • Water heater: The pressure valves of water heaters often feed directly into the drain, making leaks difficult to detect. Every month or so, inspect the water heater and listen carefully for any sounds in the valve, pipe or drain, which usually indicates a leak.

  • Toilets: Water loss in toilets is often silent and invisible, but can send your water bill soaring. To check for leaks, remove the tank lid and listen for a hissing sound. Another method is to drop food coloring into the tank, wait 30 minutes and then check to see if any dye escaped into the bowl, which could indicate a leaking flapper valve.

  • Faucets: Though the water drains into the basin, a leaky faucet or shower can cost you 2,000 to 20,000 gallons of water each year. Sometimes the solution is as simple as new washers, but you may need to call a plumber if that doesn’t fix the problem.

  • Pipes: A maze of pipes and valves lies within your walls and they can wear down and begin leaking at any point. You can check for potential issues by turning off the water to your home, writing down the water meter reading, waiting an hour and then checking the meter again to see if there’s a difference. If there is, you’ll need to hire a professional for a thorough inspection.

  • Attic: The roof is a common entry point for water, so the attic may show signs of any present leak. Check the whole space for signs of seeping, cracking or mold. Any issues should be repaired immediately.

  • Gutters: Clogged up gutters (particularly during autumn with falling leaves) can cause backed up water to seep into your home. It’s recommended that you clean the gutters out twice per year for keep everything flowing well.
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