Why Should I Care About My Water? The Importance of Leak Detection

You already spend so much of your time, money, and effort to keep your home in tip-top shape. But you could be forgetting a key part of home care: water leak detection. While it can be easy to let leaks go by the wayside when seemingly more important issues pop up, trust us when we say you’ll regret it. 

Types of Water Leaks
There are usually two types of water leaks in your home – visible and hidden leaks. The prior is easy to understand. These are leaks you can see, like that dripping faucet or the water damage stain you see on your ceiling. But hidden leaks are not so easily detectable, and can potentially have more dire consequences in the long run. These leaks are hidden behind your walls, causing mold to grow and putting more than just your home at risk – but your family’s health as well. 

Signs of Water Leaks
When you hear that drip... drip... drip... you may think that leaky faucet is just a nuisance. Instead, that tiny dripping sound could be a sign of more significant and more costly issues in your home. Keeping an eye out for signs of a water leak could save you BIG TIME. If you notice any of these in your home, it’s time to call in the experts!

  • Unexpected high water bills
  • Sagging, warped, or stained ceilings
  • Cracked or warped flooring
  • Mildew or mold in your kitchen, bathroom, or laundry room
  • A musty smell you can’t get rid of

How to Detect Water Leaks
You’ve seen the signs of a water leak, but how do you confirm you have one? There are a few usual suspects for water leaks, like your toilets, shower, and hoses. But you may not always be able to confirm a leak visually. Plus, small leaks from a sink or shower could be caused by more serious issues in the plumbing and piping of your home. Your plumbing is all interconnected. Left unchecked, water leaks can wreak havoc on your home, even if the leak seems minor at first. There’s also the issue of water waste, which has both environmental and cost implications. Undetected leaks can easily impact your water bill and conservation efforts. 

Water leak detection does more than just keep your home well maintained. It protects your home’s value, your wallet, and your health. With every leak you catch, you protect the investment you’ve made in your home, save money on water bills, conserve more water, and keep your family safe from exposure to potentially harmful mold.

With a StreamLabs® device, you’ll be able to catch leaks before they lead to water damage or sky-high water bills. Our StreamLabs® Monitor tracks water usage and detects abnormal water use to alert you of possible leaks. You can easily see what’s out of the norm and take action before it’s too late. If you prefer something more hands-on, the StreamLabs® Control gives you the ability to shut off your water automatically.