One utility that is important to monitor is water consumption. This is because your water bills can be the first place you notice a potential plumbing problem in your home. When water bills sky rocket for no apparent reason, it could be a sign of many issues, but the most common is a water leak.
Locating and Repairing Water Leaks
Many plumbing fixtures and appliances can leak water. This includes pipes, toilets, sinks, water heaters, water softeners, slabs, and more. The first sign of a water leak is often times a high water bill. As soon as you receive a high water bill, it is important to call a master plumber to inspect your property. The sooner you locate and repair a plumbing leak, the less tedious and costly it will be for you. You must catch a water leak right away to reduce the overall damages it can cause. A leak that goes unnoticed can cost a homeowner thousands of dollars over a course of several years, so even the smallest change in monthly water bills may be cause for concern.
Here is how to check for a plumbing leak:
Turn off all water (including washing machines and dishwashers) and then locate your water meter.
On the water meter, look for a triangle or circle that is either red or yellow. This is the leak indicator. If it is spinning, there is a leak in your plumbing system and you must contact a licensed plumber immediately.
If it is not spinning, then there is no leak. If your bills are high, you still need to contact a plumber to investigate the problem.
For spinning leak indicators, you must immediately shut off the main water valve to the home or risk flooding. Close it slowly so you can better control built-up water pressure. Check a faucet to make sure the water is off.
Once closed, there should be no more movement happening on the water meter. If it is still moving, then your main water shut off valve is broken or not shut all the way.