Rainy season can have an impact on your plumbing system. In addition to checking your home’s plumbing, you will want to check your windows and doors to ensure they are waterproof. We will discuss how to check for leaks in your home.
How to Check for Leaks
Some leaks are obvious, like frozen pipes that burst. However, others can be hidden, such as loose connections in under floor plumbing lines. Hidden leaks in your home can result in hundreds of dollars being spent in repairs. We will discuss how to check for leaks in your home plumbing.
Check Your Water Heater
One of the best ways to determine if you have a leak somewhere in your plumbing is by checking the water heater. This will require turning off all of the water in your home.
Shut off all faucets, and make sure the dishwasher and washing machine are not running. Once you do this, check the meter and see if it starts to change. If it changes, you likely have a fast-moving leak. Conversely, if the meter does not change immediately, wait two hours and check again. If it has changed despite the water being off, you may have a slower leak.
Look at Your Usage
According to the EPA, homeowners should check their winter water usage to determine if a leak is occurring somewhere in their home.
If a family of four is utilizing more than 12,000 gallons of water per month, there’s likely a serious leak problem somewhere in the plumbing system.
Keep an Eye on Your Bill
If your water bill is consistently rising, but your water use habits have not changed, a leak may be to blame. Check your most recent bills from the past few months and compare them to see if there’s a steady increase. Water bills typically remain within the same range month to month.
Keep in mind that some of your pipes may be underground. While you may never be able to visibly see a leak, you will always pay for them.
Check Exterior Usage
Leaks can occur outside the home as well. Make sure to examine your outside spigots by attaching a garden house. If water seeps through the connection while the hose is running, replace the rubber hose gasket. Also, check to ensure all connections are tight.
We recommend calling a professional plumber at College Station at least once a year to check your irrigation system. Even a small leak could waste 6,300 gallons of water per month.
Check Your Windows
Examine your windows to ensure they are waterproof. Water can seep into closed windows from gaps and rots in frames. This can cause deterioration and caulking, as well as cracked glass and closures that don’t fully close.
Give a little shake. If your windows rattle, this means frames are not secure. Therefore, heat and air conditioning can leak out and rain can seep in.
Inspect Your Doors
You can inspect your doors for leaks by looking for cracks that weaken their ability to stop water from seeping in.
Additionally, check the weather stripping for peels and gaps. Make sure hinges are tight and doors fit securely in their thresholds as well.
Trust our professional plumbers at College Station Plumbing to ensure your home or business’s plumbing is working properly. Contact us with the link below for more information or to schedule a consultation with us today!