The average home leaks an excess of 30,000 gallons each year. This value escalates as the average dwelling demands more and more water for everything from cooking and bathing to filling bird ponds and watering gardens.
The reason these leaks exist is because of the way plumbing tends to fail with age. Older technologies lack the resistance to changes in surrounding pressure, which in turn causes them to fracture as they become brittle with age.
The worst part is that you may not notice these leaks until they have drained thousands of dollars from your checking account or they create a catastrophic flood under your home.
Let’s examine some of the most obvious signs that your home has a leak, which in turn may help you to seek professional help to fix the problem once and for all.
1. Your Lawn is Like a Swamp
As water leaks into the soil, it tends to become trapped. This causes an effect that is reminiscent of a swamp or bog, which in turn causes water to pool as the ground becomes saturated with water.
While this typically results in green grass and soft soil, a more prominent leak can allow the water from a leak to pool. This can drown the grass, which in turn can cause any vegetation to die near the water leak. The soil begins to erode until you are left with little more than a dirt patch in your otherwise healthy lawn.
If you’ve noticed that your lawn acts more like a swamp than a green, then it may be time to check for leaks. We can inspect your plumbing under your lawn in a way that is minimally invasive, which in turn helps to preserve your landscaping.
2. Your House Develops Cracks
A sure sign of a serious leak is the development of cracks in your home. These may pop up near doors, in walls, or in the walls and floors of your home’s substructure.
While the form that these cracks can take will vary upon the architecture of your home, one thing is for certain: a large amount of weight has been moved in a way it was never planned to be moved. This allows more water to invade your home, which in turn only magnifies the problem that leaks can help grow.
If you see a crack in any part of your home, then the first thing you should do is to look for leaks. The sooner you identify the problem and fix it, the smaller the damage will be that occurs and the fewer dollars it will cost to make those repairs.
3. Your Water Pressure Drops
If you turn on your kitchen faucet when you have your shower running, you should notice, at most, a minimal drop in pressure. Modern plumbing is designed to allow for an even distribution of water pressure, which in turn leads to two active faucets having a minimal impact on one another.
If you can’t have two faucets active at the same time without a drastic drop in pressure, then there may be another smaller leak in your plumbing.
If you can barely remove the shampoo from your hair during your shower, then that is a sure sign that your system lacks the pressure it should. Leak location should be one of the first steps you take, especially if your plumbing is five to ten years or older.
4. You Can Hear a Drip
Another easy sign that your plumbing has a leak is the presence of dripping noises with or without an open faucet. The dripping tends to be caused by pressurized water exiting your plumbing, then pooling on a nearby wall or beam.
Once enough water accumulates, you may hear an intermittent drip. The frequency does not dictate how large the leak is, which in turn means that even a small dripping noise should be a marked cause for concern.
5. Your Water Bill is Higher Than It Should Be
The fifth and most obvious sign of a water leak is that your water bill is markedly higher than it should be. The problem is identifying what “higher” is.
The reason this is hard to discern is because leaks tend to gradually grow with time when catastrophic failure is not involved. A few extra gallons will be difficult to notice on a monthly basis.
The best way to check for a high water bill is to go back over the period of a few years. See if your water usage has increased. Anything from a 10 to 100 gallon increase over a year indicates the presence of a pretty big leak.
Don’t Let Leaks Drain You
Leaks are an easy problem to repair when you have the right help. Leak Locators is there to help you fix your leaks, which in turn can help you save money on your water bill.
To learn more about our expert services, contact us by calling (919) 376-9203 today.