Stop water leaks! Water leaks are not just costly to your monthly bill, but could now cost you more than you have ever imagined. Water-overage fines will be assessed to any California resident, business, or farm going over the allotted monthly water allowances. These are not negotiations nor are they requests from the Governor of California, they are mandatory. The Honorable Jerry Brown has issued these water restrictions in an attempt to save the state. The situation is absolutely critical.
Ways to Detect A Leak
In an effort to help our clients and fellow citizens, here are some ways to detect a leak, or leaks, in your home. The number one way to find a leak is to look for one. Check under your sinks, inspect your hose connections, your water valve, your sprinkler heads, your faucets heads, and listen for running toilets. Another way is to stand and listen at your shut-off valve. Often when the water is running, especially in an old house, you can actually hear it running through the pipes. If all the water sources are off, you should not hear water running. Look for warped or cracked floors, and corrosion around pipes. These are warning signs of leaks. Check your water heater regularly. When they go, they take a LOT of water with them.
For a more accurate water leak read, you can remove the cover to your street meter and watch for movement of the gauge, (after you have turned off your water valve.) NOTE: do this ONLY if it can be done safely. If you are unable to safely remove the cover, contact the DWP and they will send someone to check the meter. Pull out your refrigerator to make sure your ice maker or water connection are not leaking. Check your massive water user, your sprinklers. A slow leak in your sprinklers is a huge water waster. A simple fix now is a water saver in the end.
Now that we have shared with you how to find the leak, let us advise you in how to avoid leaks. Every five years, change your washing machine’s water hose. Use a steel-braided hose instead of rubber and turn off the water to your machine if you are going away for a few days or more. Consider installing water alarms. They detect water in areas where water is used most often. They can even issue alerts when home owners are away. Leaks within walls can costs tens of thousands of dollars. Any measures taken to detect and avoid leaks put us all that much closer to saving our precious water.