Every so often, quick checks of all your water lines from time to time, especially in low-traffic areas of the home should be completed. If you notice anything suspicious, contact a licenced professional to come take a look immediately.
Keep an eye on your water bill
With so many water pipes hidden behind walls and in the floors in your house, you might not know there’s a leak until the damage is done. Keep a close eye on your monthly water bill. If you see it starting to creep up, or get one that’s uncommonly high, it’s a good sign that you may have a leak somewhere.
Check for leaks
Inspect the floor near your water heater and other appliances. Hire a licenced technician to periodically inspect appliances if you are unable. As a rule of thumb, hot water heaters should be replaced every 10 years, if not sooner.
Be careful where you plant
Some plants and trees, like weeping willows, have pretty invasive roots. If you’re not careful, they’ll grow right into your sprinkler system, drainage field, pipes, and even septic tanks. Plan before you plant to keep roots away from any water lines.
Check your roof
At least twice per year, do a quick visual check of your roof to make sure there are no signs of deterioration. Look for cracked, curling or missing shingles; any of these can be an early sign that your roof needs to be repaired or replaced. If you are unsure, have a professional perform an inspection.