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How to detect if a water leak is in the house?

Detecting a water leak in the home can be very important to avoid excessive and costly damage.

You can do it by monitoring sudden increases in consumption and bills. When it happens without any increase in the amount of water used, the cause could be a water leak in the house.

In this case, it is important to make a thorough inspection and locate the source of the leak, as even a few drops per minute can cause considerable water waste and high costs.

Therefore, at the first signs, make sure that taps, boilers and water-using appliances are working properly and observe the water metre to detect the leak and its source.

Turn off taps and switch off the boiler

Taps and boilers can cause water leaks due to their wear and tear or malfunction of components, or due to incorrect installation or the use of low-quality materials.
The consequences can be detrimental to rooms, which not only risk flooding, but also the formation of moisture, mould and moisture into adjacent rooms.
In order to detect leaks, it is necessary to close all taps, switch off the boiler and check whether the water metre is still running. If so, there may be a leak in the plumbing system.
It may also be a good idea to make sure that the toilet flush boxes are full.
In addition, turning off the boiler when you are not using hot water, such as during the night or when you are away from home for several hours, can not only reduce energy consumption but also help prevent damage, especially if the system is old or shows signs of wear and tear.

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Switching off water-using appliances

Switching off water-using appliances can also help to identify if they are the cause of a leak in your home.

Indeed, washing machines, dishwashers and refrigerators with beverage or ice dispensers can cause leaks if pipes, fittings or internal components are malfunctioning or damaged.

Moreover, their prolonged use can also cause damages by use, increasing the risk of water leaks at home. That is why making sure they are not running is a good and simple solution to prevent damage at home.

But that’s not all. Switching off appliances when they are not in use helps reduce water consumption and thus reduce utility bills, making water use in the home sustainable.

Observe the water meter

Finally, observing the water metre is a useful way of finding out if there is a leak in the house. If the metre continues to register consumption even when the taps are closed and the boiler and appliances are switched off, it is likely that there is a leak in the plumbing system that needs to be fixed.

As we said, detecting a water leak at home is crucial to avoid damages
to the rooms.

Water leaks solutions such as ELTEK Group’s WATERBLOCK devices allow you to monitor the flow of water to domestic systems and appliances, avoiding unnecessary consumption and possible damage.

In this way, the home becomes a safe place even when we are out. Even before the metre reveals unexpected consumption, the devices of the WATERBLOCK line will have detected an abnormal flow of water and will have interrupted it until we check it.


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