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home maintenance  /  August 15, 2018

How to Spot Water Leaks in Your Home

Leaks are a fairly common problem in many households. While they start out harmless, they can cause extensive and costly damage when left unaddressed. They are also fairly difficult to spot, but only when you look for them the wrong way, or in the wrong places.

In this post, Handyman Connection® of Lincoln shares how to check for water leaks in your home.

Checking for Roof Leaks

Roof leaks are fairly difficult to spot as, in most cases, they usually appear under the roof – a place that’s usually out of your reach or sight. You can still identify where they are by checking for their trail. A common warning sign to watch out for are spots of moisture or pools of water, as well as stains on the wooden portions of the roof.

If your home doesn’t have an attic, the best way to check for the leak is by looking at the wall corners and floors. A trail of water is also a sign that there’s a roof leak. The same applies to faded flooring, as this is what happens when water pools on a surface for a long time.

Checking for Plumbing Leaks

These are surprisingly easy to spot when you compare them to roof leaks, as all you really need to do is check the meter. First, make sure no one’s using the water in your house. Then, see if the leak indicator on your meter is moving. It’s usually a small triangle or silver wheel.

If this meter moves even when all sources of water are shut off, then there’s a big chance there’s a leak somewhere in the plumbing.

To determine if the leak is outdoors or indoors, cut the water supply at the main shut-off valve. If the meter stops moving or there’s no change in position, then the leak is inside the house. Otherwise, if the leak indicator is moving or there’s a sudden change, then the leak is outside – between the meter and the house itself.

At Handyman Connection® of Butler Warren, we can help you determine where exactly your home leaks are coming from. We’ll also make sure they are patched up and addressed as soon as possible. Call us today at (402) 205-2575 or fill out our form to learn more about our kitchen remodeling services.

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