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Your Water Leak Checklist

Published by 911 Restoration Ontario on March 11, 2014 in category: Water Damage Restoration

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What Is A Water Leak Checklist?

Every homeowner has the responsibility of making sure that their home is in good repair at all times. This means that you need to invest some time in checking your home to make sure that it doe not have underlying problems. Often small water leaks can happen that can go unnoticed if you don’t go oout of your way to look. A small drip here and there can turn into a major problem if it is not caught early and repaired by a professional technician.


What Goes On The Checklist?

Every single thing in the home that uses water should be checked on a regular basis to ensure that there are not leaks or problems with the water running when it should not. The toilets, faucets, showers, hot water heater, sprinkler system, septic tank, outdoor spigots, refrigerator, dishwasher and washing machine must all be inspected by the homeowner for leaks on a regular basis.

Some of these items are hard to get to or check, but a few extra minutes spent getting to the unit or pulling it out to check it can make all the difference in the world.

The hoses that go to items like the dishwasher and washing machine should be checked for leaks at their point or origin. This is often where the seal is broken and water will begin to slowly drip. Also, the hot water heater and septic tank must be checked to ensure that there are not signs of leaks from the units themselves.

Pipes under sinks and hot water heaters will often drip onto the floor very slowly if there is a leak. A simple check can make a big difference here can save you a big headache down the road.

Why Is This Checklist So Important?

You may wonder why making a  leak checklist is so important. If you’ve been lucky enough to have never experienced leaks like this in the past, it just might not be something that’s on your radar.

The hot water heater is under pressure, and a leak could begin to release that pressure. If it happens in an inopportune way, the heater could rupture or explode. A leak under a refrigerator, behind a dishwasher or under the washing machine could lead to floor damage and leaks into the next level of the house that get so bad the homeowner will not realize there is a problem until the damage is extensive.

Th repairs for these leaks can also become very expensive. While a simple seal or valve could be replaced on a hot water heater before it leaks, the whole heater may need to be replaced if the leak is not caught early on.

Having a home water leak checklist keeps the entire home safe and saves you money when water leaks do occur. Catching something early can mean the difference between a small repair and a major water damage problem.

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