Eighty percent of household water leaks are the result of malfunctions with plumbing and major appliances.  While homeowners often blame heavy rain and thunderstorms for leaks, according to one claims data, damage from a household leak costs policyholders $7,500 on average.

Early detection of household leaks is key to avoiding thousands of dollars in damage, not to mention the inconvenience of major repairs. Here are some ways to do that:

  • Water Leak Detection TipsInstall water leak detection systems to help monitor and identify leaks before they cause major damage.  Whole house systems are the most effective; when a leak is detected, the system automatically will shut off the entire water supply.
  • Check the water supply lines to major appliances for wetness, bulging hoses or other signs of deterioration.
  • Unclog the drain if pipes are draining slowly and check pipes under the sink for signs of water leaks.
  • To reduce leaks and avoid major repairs, replace your water heater every  8 - 12 years.
  • Have your home's air conditioning system serviced annually to avoid leaks and major repairs.

For more information on leak detection, as well as how to find and protect your home from water leaks, visit State Farm.