Water usage ramps up when the weather gets nicer, because now you’ve got a lawn and garden to care for. Nearly a third water used is devoted to outdoor uses, and half of that specifically for your lawn and garden. To make sure that your water is being used exactly where you want it, you need to learn how to find a plumbing leak first.
Leaky plumbing can happen, but throughout the winter the cold temperatures could have put your pipes through some unwanted stress. When water freezes, it expands, and that expansion can force tiny cracks to form in your plumbing. The pipes that are most vulnerable are the older ones and the ones outdoors.
To check if any of your pipes have cracks or are leaking, look for any dripping or standing water around your pipes. Noticing a musty odor could be another sign of leaks, and stopping those leaks won’t just help on any surprise increase to your water bill, but will prevent water damage or mold growth.
Low water pressure can also be a sign of a leak. Not getting the full force from your faucet means water could escape your pipes somewhere else along the line. Many leaks can be hard to find, and you may not even know you have a leak unless you notice a sign such as low water pressure.
It may not seem like heavy rains can affect your plumbing, but in reality they can. When your yard gets drenched, the added weight in the soil can extremely pressure the underground pipes. This can lead to slower draining sinks, or even backed up sinks and toilets.
When that rain water has nowhere else to go, it could also back up into your basement. You will need to make sure that your sump pump works properly. A well-functioning sump pump will help clear out water from this area, and without that sump pump you could have a mess on your hands, leading to expensive restoration costs.
This spring, ensure that your water use is efficient and that it goes exactly where you want it. For more information on finding any potential springtime leaks, call Kellermeier Plumbing at 616-866-5134. At Kellermeier Plumbing, we pride ourselves on being honest and upfront with our customers and strive to provide our clients with the highest level of service.