- Check the flapper in your toilet for a plumbing leak.
Eliminate the toilet tank top. Use your eyes and ears. Glance and see if there is any plumbing leak or hissing sounds. Shut the water supply to the toilet off most of the time its under the toilet. Take a pencil to mark the top of the water height inside of the tank. Check on it in 60min. When the water level has dropped, then you have a leaky flapper. This is what will cause your water bill to go higher. Go to the local home improvement store; which may save you hundreds of dollars in plumbing repair costs and money on your water bill.
- Check periodically under your sink cabinets for signs of a plumbing leak.
In the company of a flashlight, look under cabinets of kitchen, bathroom, bar, and laundry sinks. Test out all fixtures, hoses and drain pipes for any damp or any obvious plumbing leak. You may be able to find a solution with a simple turn of a wrench to make tighter loose fittings. Nonetheless, a plumber may be needed. If you find a leak early enough it can cost big money in water damage repair.
Can’t find where the leak is? Dry the bottom of the cupboard and place some dry towels underneath. Come back shortly after and look for where the drops are coming from. The leak should be directly above.
- Check the caulking around sinks, tubs, showers, faucets.
Most costly home maintenance are because of leaks around bathtubs and showers. Look for obvious gaps around tub spouts, handles, fixtures, and shower heads. Check for gaps where the tub walls meet up the bathtub or surface if you have a standing shower. If gaps are apparent, then clean, area and dry the surface before you apply caulking. Fill in all gaps with a little amount of 100% silicone caulking. In this case too much really is extra. Clean away any extra caulking and allow drying.
- Drain hot water heater.
To take away sediment to extend the life of your water heater, glance at your owner’s manual for information on how to drain your water heater. But for most water heaters, you turn off the water coming in to the tank. Turn off the power or gas source. Attach a hose to the draw off water from the valve at the bottom of the water heater. Release the drain valve and turn on a hot water fixture. When the water heater is empty, turn off the hot water source. Twist off the drain valve. Remove the garden hose. Turn on the water coming into the tank. Turn on the power to the water heater or relight the pilot light. This may perhaps add time to the life of your water heater and ought to be done once a year.
- Check the irrigation system.
Huge amounts of water can be lost through your yard sprinkler arrangement. Visually check your irrigation power valves for obvious leaks. Pay attention for the sound of running or heckling water. This is the sound of currency going down the drain. If you see a leak, this valve needs to be repaired or replaced. Also, check the lowest speck in your yard quite a few hours after the sprinkler system has been used. Check if water is leaking out of the sprinkler head.