The Insurance Journal warns, "The majority of homeowners do not view internal water leak damage as the most concerning home threat, despite the fact that water laks are a more frequent risk than fire and theft."
"The time between when a leak occurs and when it is discovered is the single greatest factor in determining the amound of damage."
You can protect your home from costly water leaks by staying alert and looking for these clues.
Typically, your water bill is predictable, about the same every month. If you receive one that is higher than normal, you may have a water leak.
Water stains, whether it's a stain in the ceiling, walls, cabinets, or flooring, it's a sure-fire way to know something is leaking.
Peeling wallpaper, blistering paint or warping walls, are an indication of a leak.
Any moisture or wet spots under the bathroom and kitchen cabinets.
A musty or wet smell.
Walk around the yard and look for any wet or mushy spots.
Warm or wet spots on the floor, broken tiles or uneven flooring.
Drop in water pressure, the sound of running water when everything is turned off or any unusual sounds.
Any wet or moist areas around the toilet.
Your pool is losing more water than normal, use the bucket test to determine how much water you're losing.
Don't ignore the warning signs of a water leak
They are easy to ignore, but repairing a water leak can save a homeowner money and potentially bigger problems down the road. It is important to be vigilant about looking for water leaks.
Today’s technology allows an experienced leak technician to locate the leak in a nondestructive manner, saving the property owner hundreds of dollars in exploratory repairs alone. Many service companies do not have the necessary equipment or experience to locate leaks accurately and quickly, hence they resort to destructive methods of searching for the leak, by making holes, cutting walls, and more.
Since 1993, the Leak Doctor has helped property owners, managers and plumbing professionals locate leaks in their pools, plumbing, irrigation and structural systems. We welcome the opportunity to assist you with your leak detection needs.