One of the most common problems home owners face is extremely high water and electricity bills at the end of the month charging them for usage that they cannot fathom using. However, the most common reaction to this dilemma is to assume the water or electrical company knows best as the meter reading is accurate, where home owners silently go and pay the bill that they are given. However, you may be surprised to find that unseen and often phantom water leaks are taking place under their home. There are many signs of them, however, home owners are unaware that the signs they are seeing are in fact pointing to a glaring leak in their water system. If you are faced with a bill that you have doubts about, it pays to have it rechecked instead of obligingly paying the bill.
Signs of a water leak in your home
One of the easiest and most practical ways of testing for a water leak in your home is to turn off all water faucets in your home and check the meter. Ideally, your meter should not be turning but should be completely still. If you find that your meter is still moving, no matter how slowly, it means that you have a leak somewhere in your home that needs to be checked immediately by a plumber.
Another way to check for hidden leaks in your home is to check for any wet patches on the floor or walls of your house. If you find an unexpected wet patch anywhere in your home, on the walls or on the floor, this is an almost sure sign of a leak and you will need to have your plumbing redone.
One of the most common leaks that occur in houses is from the toilet cistern. Without the home owners knowledge water leaks from toilet cisterns and these leaks are often difficult to find. Firs you will need to listen closely to see if you are able to hear a sound. If you notice a hissing sound, the chances are that you have a leak. To prove you theory further, you may place a few drops of food colouring in to the tank and wait a few minutes. If you find that the coloured water has poured in to the cistern itself, you will know for a fact that you have a leak. Make certain to thoroughly check every bathroom, shower and water faucet in your house if you suspect a leak because you’re suspicious could potential save your home thousands of dollars.