Unfortunately, these water-leak disasters often occur together, which drives up risk, damages and cost. Water damage costs can easily surpass $5,000 before you know it.
Stay ahead of these crises by finding water leaking in your home before it gets bad. Here are four water-leak detection methods:
Look for signs of a water leak
Leaks can cause floors to curl, stains on ceilings, paint to chip, or caulk around sinks, bathtubs, showers and toilets to deteriorate.
Perform a water leak test
At a convenient time, turn off all of the water in your home, note your water meter reading, wait a couple hours and check the reading again to see if it has changed.
You can also purchase Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved dyes, such as Bright Dyes, that you add to drains to test for leaking water.
Get a water leak detector
There are a lot of water leak detectors on the market at a range of prices. Some of them are listening devices that detect the sound of a leak and others are sensors that detect water level.
Along with varying prices, the technology varies from manual handheld devices to wireless devices that send alerts to your smartphone.
Hire a water leak detection service
You can hire a business to visit your home and check for leaking water. A lot of plumbers offer this service. While this option is often more expensive, it saves you time and leaves leak detection to the professionals.
The best way to detect water leaking in your home is to use a few of these methods. Install a water leak detector, but occasionally check your home for the signs of a leak, perform an occasional test and maybe have a leak detection service visit every couple years.
It’s worth the cost of regular plumbing upkeep now to prevent future catastrophic water damage.