One of the biggest and most troublesome issues a homeowner can face is water damage. A simple leak can turn into a massive, construction-ruining flood. It is incredibly important to understand how to check for water damage, maintain all pipes, and prevent destruction.
The best way to prevent water damage is to perform consistent checks on all areas of your home. Just as a property manager runs all faucets, flushes toilets, checks pipes, and watches for leaks or damage to walls and ceilings, homeowners should periodically tour their house to clean and check for any new signs of abnormalities. Catching a leak early is the best way to prevent serious damage.
What does water damage look like?
Water damage can come in many shapes and forms. Some common culprits of leakage around the house include showerheads, toilets, faucets, pipes, sewers, pools, and spas. Knowing what you’re looking for can help you avoid accidentally wasting thousands of gallons of water per year.
A common sign of a leak is a change in water pressure. If the water from your faucet is coming out a little slower than usual, it is recommended that you check for a leak in that pipe. Similarly, leaky toilets are relatively common, but the fix is usually simple. If your toilet is running, try to fix it quickly to avoid long-term damage. Luckily, Standing Lites can fix any issues you might be running into.
Another common leak to look out for is in the ceiling. If you can see water pooling (a tinted, and perhaps protruding, area in your ceiling that may be dripping water) you definitely have a leaking pipe in your house. It shouldn’t be tough to fix but should be looked at immediately. Leaks like those can cause serious harm to the materials of your home, leading to building destruction.
How can I monitor my water to prevent leaks and damages?
There are several ways to monitor your water in order to catch any issues that may not be visible in the beginning. One option is to keep an eye on your water meter. You can do this by shutting off all water systems in your house, taking note of the numbers, letting it sit for an hour or so, and then checking the numbers again. If there is any change while your water is shut off, you have a leak.
A simpler way to thoroughly monitor your water without having to worry is to employ Standing Lites Leak Detection. We will come to your home, assess all areas that contain potential leaks, and once found, they will be fixed using the best technology on the market. To prevent further water damage, we install waterproofing and, if needed, mold remediation. You’ll never have to worry about sneaky leaks again!
If you suspect that you have a leak, or want to make sure you don’t run into surprise and costly water damage, give us a call at (800) 814-7339 today!