You find yourself lying awake and listening to the drip, drip, drip sound of water and can’t even figure out where the water is coming from. Or rather, you wake up to find a flooding kitchen and a massive puddle of water, despite leaving everything in good condition the previous night. Looking for the source of the water, you find a leaking dishwasher or pipe that burst during the night—and believe us; there are a few more terrible things than this.
Importance of Leak Detection
Unfortunately, none of these water leakage situations is that surprising. According to the Insurance Information Institute, water damage was the third most expensive insurance claim and the second most common claim.
Besides, the clean-up costs are estimated to be between $3 and $7.50 per square foot, with the average homeowner spending about $2952 to repair water damage. This means restoring or repairing water damage is a costly venture, especially if you use a water meter box.
How to Detect a Leak in Your Home
1. Check Your Water Meter
If you think that there’s a leak in your home, the water meter is more likely to provide you with a conclusive answer. More often, the water meter is placed at the back or side of your house, or where the main supply line enters your house. Here are some steps you can follow to monitor your water meter:
2. Look for Patches of Greener Grass
3. Investigate Fixtures and Appliances
If after checking the water meter you suspect there are some leaks in the house, check the cabinets beneath your kitchen, bathroom, and toilet to ensure that they’re dry. Also, check for puddles of water around the base of your tub, shower, and toilet and under the dishwasher, dry cleaner, and water heater.
If you find some water pools, switch off the fixtures and appliances and engage a professional plumber immediately.