If you have a water leak in your home, the cost to you can be astronomical.
Water leaks can cost homeowners thousands of pounds in the form of damage to the home. A leak can damage your structure, fixtures and fittings, furnishings and can even cause the growth of mould. Repairing the damage caused by a leak can really add up.
You can avoid these costs by detecting a water leak in your home before the problem escalates. Use these tips to help you find water leaks quickly. Or better still – limit the likelihood of it happening – FIT A SURESTOP.
Water Heater Tanks
In order to detect a water leak in your water heater tank, you should check the pressure relief valve. In many cases, the pressure relief valve is directly connected to a drain, so it could be leaking without leaving any evidence. Listen for a hissing sound coming from the water heater tank; that is often a sign of a water leak.
Remove the lid from the toilet tank, and listen for a hissing noise. Just like with a water heater tank, a hissing sound is often an indication of a water leak.
You can also detect a leak in your toilet by adding a few drops of food colouring to the water in the toilet tank. Wait a few minutes, and then check to see whether the water in the toilet bowl has changed colour. If it has, that means that there is a leak in the flapper in the tank that is allowing water to leak from the tank into the bowl. The flapper can easily be replaced.
First, turn off the stopcock (easy if you have a surestop fitted) that controls the water to the entire house. When you are sure that all of the water is turned off, go to the water meter. It is usually located on the outside of the house. Check the dial on the water meter. If it is still turning while the water is shut off, then there is a leak somewhere between the meter and the house.