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Winter’s cold temperatures can make your home’s plumbing more prone to leaks. The average household leak can account for more than 10,000 gallons per year, wasting water and money!

Most water leaks are easily fixed, but if left unchecked they can run up unnecessary charges on your water bill and damage your home. But you can protect your home and your wallet with a few simple steps.

The easiest way to know if you have a leak is to sign up for the Cleveland Water portal. Once you create an account, you can easily view your all water account details, including your actual water usage down to the hour.

Having the ability to monitor your water usage means that you can quickly and easily spot a potential issue and address it before it becomes a major problem.

For example, an unusual spike in your water usage or usage showing at times when you aren't using water could be a sign of a leak. 

You can also receive leak alert notifications. If your meter registers continuous usage for 7 days you’ll be sent an email and/or letter alerting you to a potential water leak.

Water leaks are costly and more common than you might think, especially this time of year when temperatures drop and water lines and meters become susceptible to freezing and breaking. An average of 18,000 customers receive a leak notification from Cleveland Water every year.

To prevent damage to your home, conserve water, and avoid a high water bill, you should check your property as soon as possible if you receive a notification or think you have a leak.

The most common culprits of leaks are dripping faucets or showerheads and running toilets. Check our blog for tips on how to find and fix leaks.

Home Plumbing, Winter