While homeowners are well aware of the dangers that indoor water leaks pose to their property, outdoor water leaks can be just as dangerous, and just as expensive—soaring water bills and potential water damage are no way to ring in the new season. As spring rolls in and the gradual thaw begins, it’s important to keep an eye out for the signs of water leaks outside your home that may have developed over the winter.
Check Your Home’s Water Meter
The best way to determine if your home has a water leak is to check your water meter. Ensure that no one in the home is currently using water, locate your water meter, and check whether the leak indicator is moving. Alternately, take a meter reading and abstain from using water for 2 hours. If the reading has changed, you may have a leak.
If you need help locating or reading your home’s water meter, contact a plumbing professional for assistance.
Check Outside Faucets and Garden Hoses
Many modern faucets are “frost proof”, but even these will not completely drain if garden hoses are left attached to the faucet over the winter, leading to frozen or burst pipes that begin to leak during spring. When you first turn on the faucet in the spring, look for water dripping or running out of the faucet, or signs of moisture around the exterior or interior walls near the pipe. Similarly, look for a drip or spray of water at the connection of the hose to the faucet.
Check Your Yard’s Irrigation System
Your yard’s irrigation system should be checked every spring to ensure that is has not been damaged by the freeze/thaw cycle. Look for persistent soggy spots in your lawn, or signs of moisture on the driveway or sidewalks—the farther these spots are away from your home’s main water line, the more likely that they are irrigation system leaks.
If You Find a Leak
When dealing with leaks, time is of the essence if you want to save money and protect your property. Contact a professional plumber as soon as possible. If you are not able to fix the leak immediately, consider shutting off your home’s water at the plumbing shut-off valve while you are at work or during the night to minimize waste.
Roto-Rooter Plumbing and Drain Service of Pocatello is the top plumbing repair company in town, and we’re available 24/7 to assist you with all your spring thaw plumbing concerns. Call us at 208-232-2458 to get a leak fixed right the first time.