Spring Has Sprung A Leak
Household leaks are especially common in the springtime, when moisture has accumulated in your pipes. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, household leaks can waste more than 1 trillion gallons of water annually nationwide. And ten percent of homes have leaks that waste 90 gallons or more per day. By recognizing and fixing leaks, you will save money on water bills and prevent permanent damage to your home.
How to recognize signs of leaks:
The first step in looking for signs of leaks is to monitor your water usage. According to EPA, “It’s likely that a family of four has a serious leak problem if its winter water use exceeds 12,000 gallons per month.”
The next step is to check the areas that are prone to leaks. Check the bathroom for leaks in the toilet, showerhead, and faucet. Look for excess seepage in the basement, another common area for leaks. In every room of your home, check the ceilings for any signs of leak damage.
Outside of your home, watch for water pooling that could seep under doors or through walls. Keep your gutters clean of leaves or debris to minimize water pooling on your roof. The EPA suggests checking your irrigation system each spring to monitor damage that could have occurred in the winter.
What to do if you see leaks:
You should contact your portfolio operations director immediately if there are any stains or signs of moisture on your ceilings.
If you see a leak in your toilet, it is probably due to the toilet flapper needing replaced. Watch this Invitation Homes video to learn how to replace your toilet flapper.