Avoid potentially thousands of dollars in damage to your home by being aware of how to spot a water leak and when to call for help. A leak that is not addressed immediately, can become a very costly repair. This is particularly true in the Plant City, Lakeland, and Winter Haven area of Central Florida, due to the high humidity, which favors mold growth.
About 80% of household water leaks come from a malfunction with the plumbing, or major appliances, that could have been easily fixed.
Follow these five tips to detect your home leaks early!
1. Water Leak Detection System
Install a water leak detection system in your house, that will help you monitor and find leaks before they do major damage to your home. Water leak detection systems are designed to shut off the water supply when a leak is detected. This minimizes damage and alerts you to the problem. From there you can contact True Builders for assistance.
2. Appliance Lines
A few times a year, make a point to check the lines to all the major appliances (clothes washer, dishwasher, refrigerator, etc.) in your home. A red flag should go up if your appliance lines have:
- Bulging hoses
Any of these situations can point to a leak somewhere in your home.
3. Check Air Conditioning
Make sure your indoor air conditioning unit and drain pipes are functioning properly, by scheduling yearly checks with a professional. Being fully aware of the condition that your appliances and systems are in, not only keeps everything operating correctly, but will minimize the possibility of a leak going undetected.
4. Check the Water Heater
An obvious sign of your water heater having a leak is finding water collecting around the base of it. Also, take a close look at any pipes or hoses feeding into your water heater and make sure all connections are not leaking.
5. Look in Spaces Where Water is Used
It is important to check in areas where water-consuming appliances are housed, to make sure no leaks have sprung. Important areas to check in your home include:
- Bathroom/toilet area
- Laundry room
A great way to check for leaks is to keep an eye on your water meter. Water leaks only worsen over time and this will probably make itself more obvious through your increased water bill. Early detection and repairs from a company like True Builders will help to prevent further damage to your property. If you are in the Plant City, Lakeland, or Winter Haven area, call us at (863) 647-1800 to have us not only detect your water leaks, but to repair any damage caused by one.
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