Helpful Guide for Water Leak Detection

There are few things as satisfying as being a homeowner, and although in many ways it is a sign of independence and having freedom, it also means having responsibilities, like keeping up your home’s condition.

With so many things to look after, it’s easy to see how something like a leak could fall pretty far down the list. But there are reasons why you might not want to wait, and get to repairing it as soon as you can.

Your First Warning

As small as a leak may appear to be, it’s a sign to you that something is wrong.

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If you ignore it, you’re inviting the option into your home that indicates you’re not interested in solving small, inexpensive problems.

Instead, you would prefer to wait until they are much more serious and expensive before deciding to deal with them.

A leak, all by itself, can already cost you money you don’t need to pay.

A leak, depending on the severity, can drip out between 7.6 and 76 cubic meters of water in a single year.

That’s a loss that still shows up on your monthly utility bill.

If you ignore the problem and it gets worse, you could be dealing with something far more serious, such as a break in a sewage pipe which is both messy and poses a pretty big health risk.

Locate Your Problem

If you’re lucky, your leak can be easily tracked because you see it on a faucet and you just need a wrench to do a little tightening; then it’s a problem solved. If you’re not, you’ll need to do a bit more exploration of your home if you can hear a leak, but can’t find it.

Check all your water fixtures, like toilets, water heaters, and the various pipes, such as the water pipes and the sewage pipes.

If you have crawlspaces with access to pipes, get in there and check for leaks.

If your home has more than one level with pipes that run along walls and ceilings, check these areas for the early signs of water penetration.

By tracking down the location yourself, you can make things much easier when it comes time to conduct repairs.

Don’t Let It Escalate

The least expensive way to deal with a major plumbing issue is to simply not let it degenerate to the point where a dramatic response is required.

You don’t need to wait until you hear or see leaks to deal with the problem.

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Try conducting periodic inspections of your pipes to spot leaks early.

You can also be “kinder” to your pipes with some preventive measures.

High water pressure might feel good in the shower if that’s your preference, but it can put a constant strain on your pipes that may shorten their lifespan.

Lower pressure means more durable pipes.

The Summer is Coming- Is Your Air Conditioning Ready?

Summer is nearly here, which means long days, fun times outdoors with friends and family and loads of summer sunshine.

In addition to planning how you’ll spend your leisure time this summer, you should devote some planning time to making sure that your air conditioner is ready to do its job this season.

That means making it a priority before summer starts to make sure that everything is working well. It’s also a great time to consider how you are using your unit and how you can make it more energy efficient.

Here are our suggestions for what you need to do:

Understand the Importance of Your Thermostat

The level that you set your thermostat will play a big role not only in your comfort at home but also in how efficiently your air conditioner will run.

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If you can manage, leave the thermostat at 25°C because that is the level at which your system will work best.

If you must, turn it down a couple of degrees, but it isn’t a good idea to go below 22°C.

Boost your energy efficiency by making use of “on-demand” cooling with a programmable thermostat.

This means that your home is cool when you need it; you’re not wasting energy to cool your home when you are out at work or traveling.

Know When to Replace Your A/C

Unfortunately, air conditioners don’t last forever. If you take good care of yours with regular maintenance and avoid unnecessary wear and tear by setting it too low, you can expect 10-15 years out of your system.

Yes, replacing your A/C is an expense, but with all the energy efficient options available now, you’ll recoup the costs with cost savings on your energy bills in the future.

Here are the signals that you need a new air conditioner: pooling water, musty odors, lack of airflow or air not cooling properly, certain areas of your home not cooling effectively, strange noises coming from the unit and a hike in your energy bills.

Always Have an Inspection

The best way to get ready for the coming season is to schedule your annual inspection.

During the service call, the technician will clean your unit, change your air filter and make sure that everything is in working order.

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This helps your household bottom line in a few ways: your air conditioner will blow cold air more efficiently, which reduces your bills.

It also helps extend the life of your air conditioner.

Additionally, you get peace of mind knowing that if there is anything wrong with your unit, you’ll get it taken care of before it gets really hot outside.

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