As the summer months approach us, Santa Clarita residents will again be encouraged to conserve water. Facing a statewide water delivery crisis, this year saving water could actually be more important than ever. It is well worth your time to take a few extra moments each month to check potential trouble spots in and around your home where you might be losing valuable water.
Additionally, early detection of such problems could mean the difference between a simple mop up job and major repairs.
We checked with the experts at John Murray Plumbing to find out what you can do now to correct or avoid problems.
Check for hidden leaks.
Turn off all water using appliances, note water meter reading. After a short time, check the meter to see if it is spinning or the reading has changed. If the meter is moving or reading has changed, a leaking pipe may exist.
Know where the main water shut off valve is located in your home. Check frequently to be sure it is operational. The main shut off valve is located where your main water pipe enters your home. This valve should move easily and when closed will not allow water to enter your home.
Periodically check around the base of the dishwasher for any standing water or discoloration. Check behind the refrigerator for wet spots near the ice maker line. Check under sinks for any sign of wetness or damage.
Showers and bathtubs are a frequent source of water leaks. Check caulking at joints where the walls meet the floor or bathtub. Check shower doors to insure that no cracks or leaks have developed. Check under the lavatory sinks for signs that the water supply lines or drain lines are leaking. After time, toilets may leak from worn wax ring and need to be reseated. Check the supply line from the wall to the toilet to determine that no leaks have developed from the toilet supply line.
Laundry and Utility Room
Inspect washing machine hoses regularly for wetness around hose ends or signs of cracking or bulging.
Most water heaters last an average of 10 years. Wet spots on the floor or a rusted tank may signal a problem. Many water heaters are installed in a drain pan and piped away from the house.
Air conditioners have drain lines that may clog up over time and small amounts of water may seep into your house around the unit.