Regardless of whether you’re a homeowner, business owner, or landlord, plumbing leaks can be one of the toughest problems to fix and maintain. Leaks can happen in many places i.e. pipes, drain pipes, water lines, and sewers. It’s important to find the source of the leak so you can begin to work on the damage. Allow the professionals at City Plumbing to assist you in this matter.
Signs you might have a leak
When pipe leaks are increasing the cost of your water bill, you will want to check to make sure that the problem is associated to a leak. Fixing a leak can be an easy job, but cannot always be quickly noticed or assessed without the help of professional leak detectors.
Indicators of a leak:
Sound of water when fixtures aren’t running
Dripping water from the ceiling, or wet floors or carpets
Hot spot on the floor
Water seeping in through a low point in the wall
Hot water streaming from cold water
Water heater won’t shut off
Here are 5 ways to find hidden water leaks:
- Check Water Meter
One of the simplest ways to check if you have a leak in your plumbing is to check the water meter. First, turnoff all the faucets in your home and make sure washer/dryer and dishwasher aren’t in use. Watch the meter and wait to see if it changes. In the case that it is, most likely you have a fast-moving leak.
- Watch Your Bill
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recommends monitoring your bill closely during winter to find out if a leak is occurring somewhere in your home. In the case that your family is using more than 12,000 gallons of water per month, there’s a high chance of a serious leak problem somewhere in your plumbing system.
- Monitor Your Usage
Noticing your bill increasing? If your water consumption hasn’t changed, a leak may be to blame for your rising water bill.
- Check Exterior Usage
Leaks can not happen inside the home – but occur outside too. Check your outside spigots by attaching a garden hose; if water seeps through the connection while the hose is running, replace the rubber hose gasket and check to see if all connections are secured.
- Use your Judgement
Make it a habit to regularly check cabinets, below basin for signs of mold or unusual odors that might suggest a leak: immediate attention could save you a immense amount of money in repairs. Consider having a professional from Repipe1 make an annual inspection in your home to check for leaks or other potential problems.