Experiencing low water pressure? Water bill on the rise? You count on your water supply, but sometimes it seems to have a mind of its own. From discolored water to puddles in your kitchen cabinets or on the floor, be sure to keep an eye out for signs that could indicate a water supply leak.
How to troubleshoot a water supply leak
Like a tree, your water supply lines are branches that connect to a main water supply pipe that runs underground and enters through your basement or mechanical room (that’s also where a sump pump would work to keep ground water from flooding your home in the spring thaw). The water lines connect to the fixtures in your home, providing each one with hot and cold water.
Leaks can occur anywhere, and since most of these water lines are hidden behind the walls and ceilings of your home, they can be difficult to detect.
Reasons for your water supply leak
A leaking water line is both an unexpected and unwelcome surprise. These leaks are likely the result of old age and deterioration of pipes and fittings. Another common cause is improper installation of the water lines when your house was built. In many cases, there’s more than one cause at play, and sometimes even poor water quality can be to blame.
signs of a water supply leak
Here are some of the signs to watch out for if you suspect a leak in your home:
- Unusually high water bills
- Large puddles on the street or in your yard
- Low water pressure throughout your home
- Puddles around your home’s appliances and fixtures (toilets, bathtubs, sinks, dishwashers, washing machines)
- Consistent dripping in your showers or bathtubs
- Spraying or hissing sounds
If you’re noticing any of these warning signs, it’s time to call a plumber to come take a look.
How to fix your water supply leak
Once you’ve discovered a leak, you’ll want to stop it as soon as possible. Locate the main shut-off valve connected to your house and turn it off to prevent any further damage. Next, call a plumber to come and fix it.
preventing future leaks
You can avoid future leaks with the help of a leak detector: this device will alert you when it senses even the smallest amount of water. When you get the signal, you’ll have the chance to shut off your home’s water supply before the water causes too much damage to your home.
Other preventative measures you can take involve checking your home’s water pressure, using water quality systems to reduce the risk of corrosion, replacing your washing machine hoses, and making sure your exposed pipes are well-insulated to ward off the extreme cold.
If any of your pipes show signs of discoloration or corrosion, consider performing a water quality test to make sure the water running through your home is safe.
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