How to detect a water leak in your home
Water conservation is something we carry a burden of. All we can do is try to do our best to prevent this from getting any worse. With water being a precious commodity in so many places on earth, the least we can do is cut down the leaks in our homes.
Some water leaks are not quite as detectable, but for the ones homeowners can find, we encourage you to do your part. This is a result of ignorance to the fact that these leaks which seem almost microscopic in terms of the size of your home will release gallons monthly. When you take into account that most homeowners do this, you can only imagine the thousands of gallons wasted weekly in every neighborhood.
Be vigilant when looking into this issue and make sure you use the following methods and devices to perform thorough checks at least monthly to prevent them from happening:
Leak Detection System
This will not only sound off an alarm when it detects any leaking but also will automatically stop the water flow. Some systems have a moisture sensor/flow sensor to help monitor. The two types of active leak detection system s you can buy are:
Whole house systems
Senses leaks in the entire home. This will cut off any water supply to the house if any leak is detected. A whole home system is composed of many moisture sensors which send a signal to control the valve using a radio signal or by a wire connection.
Individual appliance systems (IAS)
Discovers leaks from a single device that will automatically shut off the water supply to such appliance if it detects leaks.
Passive Leak Detection Systems
Typically a stand-alone battery-operated appliance that creates a sound whenever it senses moisture. Those alarms enable the homeowner to find exactly where the leak is. Often battery-dependent devices, they will need to be checked regularly.
With every home being unique it’s hard to formulate the best way to go about this in a universal manner. If you don’t have a water leak detection system appliance in your house already, we suggest examining your home frequently. Especially these specific areas
- Kitchen (check for leaks on faucet, dishwasher, water heating system)
- Laundry room
- Yard (irrigation system)
- Garage and basement area (water systems or evaporator cooler)
- Water meter
Water leaks will only become worse over time! We suggest you stay on top of this because an early detection and fix shall save you money and prevent more issues for your house. If you ignore, it will only hurt you in the long run. If you’re still confused or not sure about how to approach the situation then we suggest calling an expert from Roy’s Restoration at 617-607-3398