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Guide to Water Leak Detection in Our Homes

Water you would agree is more important to life than the rarest of gems. It is a pity however that due to some factors, it availability nowadays seems costlier. These factors include the global warming and the increased demand for water due to the growing world population.

Now more than ever there is a need for us to actively work on the conservation of water in our homes and surroundings. One way to do this is to be on the alert for water leaks in our homes.

Water leaks are no small evil and apart from the fact that they contribute to worldwide water shortages, it also causes damages to houses. These damages might cause deterioration and collapse of such houses. This is why any leaks; no matter how small needs to be taken care of immediately.

To assure your safety, water leak detection can be carried out in two ways; either by inspecting the house’s plumbing system regularly or by buying and installing a water leak device. Water leak detection systems are mainly of two types:

  1. Passive leak detection systems: these are devices that emit alarm sounds when it moisture sensor becomes wet. The alarm enables the homeowner to carry out repairs in the affected area. These devices are usually battery operated and as such, its battery should be checked regularly
  2. Active leak detection systems: these not only gives an alarm signal, it also cuts off the water supply until repairs are carried out. It may use a moisture sensor or a flow sensor in monitoring water leaks. They are of two types:
    1. The individual appliance systems which monitor leaks from just an appliance and shuts off its water supply when there is a leak.
    2. The whole house systems work on a larger scale as it watches for a leak in the whole house and shuts off the main water supply to the house when there is a leak.

While a simple water detection system may be suitable for your house, it is always better to call for a qualified plumber should you feel the least bit unsure.

If you currently don’t have a water detection system in place, a thorough routine check for water leaks might suffice. For such checks, the focus should be on areas with water consuming appliances and plumbing components. Check the following areas carefully:

  • Kitchen: the faucet, dishwasher,and the heating system.
  • Lawn: the irrigation system.
  • Bathroom and toilet: the faucet, showerhead,and water heating system.
  • Garage
  • Laundry room: the cloth washer.
  • The pool and spa.

While big leaks might be easy to see and detect, small leaks are not. These are some useful tips for detecting if there is a water leak in your house.

  1. Most times, water pipes are embedded and as such, discoloration in walls and ceilings are telltale signs of water leaks.
  2. When your toilet flushes by itself when nobody is using it.
  3. There is a water leak in your toilet when water continually moves from the tank into the bowl even when nobody is using it.
  4. And lastly, monitor your water bills. If you don’t use as much as you pay, then there is a problem somewhere.

Water leaks no matter how small matters, as they only get worse with time. So fix it now and avoid the headache tomorrow. And as always, a stitch in time saves nine.

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