Know where your water main is
It is important to locate your water main before such a situation occurs. Then, mark it clearly with a tag or a by painting the handle red. More importantly, share this information with family members, caretakers, housesitters and other who may need to take action.
How to check for leaks
Another way that you can check for leaks in your home is by running a test on your water meter. Turn off all faucets and appliances that use water and be sure no one uses them during the testing period. Watch the meter for 15 minutes. If the dial moves, then you know there is a leak in your plumbing system.
Unknown or ignored leaks can be the source of a tremendous amount of water waste each year. In fact, a slow drip can waste 15 to 20 gallons a day, or over 6,000 gallons per year! So, take note of any apparatus that is leaking and repair it immediately.
Replace a washer
Additionally, hose washers should be replaced annually.