A water leak can be a devastating problem for any building, costing you thousands of dollars in damage over a very short time. Even small, slow leaks can provide growth environments for mold and mildew that can rot away your floorboards and other construction materials in your home. The usual suspects of a water leak are obviously your sinks, bathtubs, and pipes, but there are a few other places you’ll want to investigate if you suspect you have a water leak in your home.
1. The Dishwasher
Dishwasher leaks can occur in several places within the appliance, but each can cause big problems for homeowners. The connection to the plumbing can sometimes deteriorate or become loose, but the more obvious leak is through the door of the appliance itself. You can usually correct the issue by tightening the hose’s connection or replacing a gasket, but sometimes the issue is as simple as using the wrong detergent for your machine. If nothing works, it’s time to call in a professional.
2. The Refrigerator
The pipes that connect your ice maker to the water line can sometimes pull loose and spring a slow leak, but sometimes the drain that carries away excess water can become clogged and require cleaning to maintain proper flow. Check both before looking at the refrigerator’s exhaust unit, which may be generating extra condensation. Try cleaning the drain and checking the connections before hiring someone to fix it.
3. The Washing Machine
Washing machine hoses are a very common source of water leaks in a home. The seals are generally weak and wear out within 5-7 years of installation, so be sure to replace both those and the hoses on a regular basis. Upgrade to a steel-braided hose for extra strength and durability, but also be sure not to overfill the machine or else you’ll have a wet mess on your hands.
4. The Garden Hose
Old or frozen hoses can crack and leak a lot of water, even if you don’t really notice it. Check the length of your hoses for holes and cracks (with and without water flowing through them), but be sure to look at the outside faucets and spigots, too. If they’re the cheap plastic variety, they’ll fail more often than a metal one.
5. The HVAC System
Most people don’t think of their air units as a moisture-generating appliance, but the indoor evaporators can make a lot of water in order to cool the outside air. Check the drainage on your HVAC unit to make sure there’s no flaw in the system before having the unit serviced.
Still can’t find that pesky leak? It may be time to contact a specialist. Clearwater Leak Detection has the tools and expertise needed to quickly locate and service your air and water leaks without the need for complete excavation. Call or contact us today to make an appointment and bring your water bill back down to earth!