A leaky home may not feel like a huge deal but if left unchecked it can lead to structural damage, mold growth, humidity problems and the ruining of paintwork or furniture. Therefore, you need to fully assess your home establishing where any possible leaks may occur and deal with any current leakages.
All areas need to be looked at including; the roof, the chimney, the gutters, the foundations, the doors and windows and of course the pipes. Common places are where there is most water use and wear and tear like toilets and bathrooms. If you take the time to give your home a little attention now, it’ll not only prevent water damage, but you’ll save money on water bills in the future.
How to check for leaks on your property
If you’ve received a notification letter advising that your usage is higher than normal, a higher than usual bill or you’ve noticed damp or wet patches in or around your property, you may have a leak.
- Turn off all internal and external taps.
- Write down the numbers displayed on your water meter.
- Do not turn the tap/valve at the meter.
- Do not use any water for at least one hour (don’t even flush the toilet).
- Read the numbers on your meter again, paying attention to the red numbers and dials.
If you observe the dials of the meter turning, or there has been an increase in the numbers you recorded, you may have a leak.
Check the Roof
Inspect the tiles across your roof and repair or replace any broken or loose ones. Take a close look at the roof penetrations to see ensure there is no deterioration on the seals or fittings.
How Do I Find What’s Blocking My Drain?
Remove all leaves, branches and debris from the gutters and hose water through the downpipe, ensuring there is ample room for water to drain away.
Seal Doors and Windows
Stormy conditions can blow rain into your home and badly fitted windows and doors can sometimes let water in.
Apply a water proof membrane to the inside and outside of your windows. Check if your doors close tightly and if not you can use weather-stripping which will seal the gaps.
Checking Your Storm Water System
If you find a small crack in your foundations, it can be sealed with caulk specifically for masonry.
Hydraulic cement can be used for larger gaps, which is an excellent leak-proofing material. If you live in a particularly rain prone area, you should also make sure the grading around your home slopes away from the foundations. This can be achieved with the addition of topsoil or crushed stone once a year.