In many of our previous blogs, we’ve talked to you about just how much a small, seemingly inconsequential leak can cost you. In fact, the average leaky faucet will waste approximately ten thousands gallons of water every single year! The problem is that leaks can be small and difficult to spot. That is why you should follow these steps from our Granite City plumber for detecting sneaky water leaks in your home:
- Look at your water bills – Pay close attention to your water bills. They may change slightly with the season, but if you are noticing big spikes in your bill, then there is a good chance that you have a leak or some other plumbing issue.
- Check your water meter – You can learn quite a bit about your home from your water meter, you just have to know what to look for. If you aren’t sure where your meter is located, feel free to call the billing department of your water company. They should be able to point you in the right direction. Once you’ve found your water meter, take a look at the leak indicator, which is often either a wheel that is small and silver or a dial that is shaped like a triangle. If the leak indicator is moving, you probably have a leak. You could also take a reading, leave the house for a couple of hours and then take another reading. If the reading has changed, even when you aren’t home, there’s a good chance that you have a leak.
Want to learn about more ways to tell if you have a leak in your plumbing? If so, please stay tuned for our next blog.