Has your monthly water bill increased drastically all of a sudden? If it has, even though you have not been using that much water, then it is very likely that somewhere in your plumbing system there is an exterior water leak. Your water usage can be significantly affected by water leaks. For instance, since the bulk of an automatic irrigation system is underground, so if it develops a leak, you will probably not even know about it. Huge amounts of water can end up getting wasted due to exterior leaks, so it is not surprising that your water bills are soaring.
An exterior leak in your home can occur because of various things and while fixing an exterior leak is not particularly difficult, to most average homeowners, fixing an exterior leak seems rather intimidating. You can manage to diagnose an exterior leak in your house and fix it by following the tips below.
1. First, the main waterline coming to your home from the meter should be traced. Your water meter is most likely at the street and your main waterline travels from there to the interior of your home. So, if there is a leak in the line, you will notice a portion of ground along the path of the waterline. It’s much softer and wetter than the rest of the yard if you walk along that path. Obviously, this test cannot be performed right after it has rained, but any potential exterior leak can be conveniently discovered this way. Once the leak has been discovered, the ground at and around the center of the area ground is moist will have to be dug up.
2. Next the exterior leak will have to be located. Once the earth around the pipe has been dug up and the leak has been located, then the repairing process can be started.
3. The main shutoff valve at the street should be turned to turn the water off. The valve can be turned with bare hands or using a pair of pliers. Once the water has been shut off, the pipe around the leak can be cut, and the repair can be made.
4. The damaging part of the waterline can be replaced using a compression coupling. A majority of homes building in the past 20 years, including probably yours, most likely have CPVC/PVC pipes, so this method can be effectively used to fix the exterior leak. It is possible to buy a compression coupling from any local hardware store, and it can be very easily attached to the waterline.
5. The water should now be turned back on, and the repair should be tested. Once the compression coupling has been completely installed and the water is allowed to run for a day or so, if there are no signs of any leaks within 24 hours, then the waterline can be re-buried.
Indeed, there are many other outdoor water sources that can silently leak and you may not even know about them until you are staring at your significantly high water bills. You can avoid this by regularly checking for exterior leaks, and you can use these tips to fix several other exterior leaks.