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Easy Ways To Find Leaks At Home

Common Leak Sources And More

Common sense will tell you to check for obvious signs of water leaks in your home. Like checking the back of cabinets and under sinks for wetness, mold, and stinky odors; nobody wants that in their home, certainly not us. You should be all the more curious about your plumbing if your home is 25 years or older. Check all the connections; from water heaters, pumps, valves, and hoses to washing machines. If you discover oxidation or discoloration on the plumbing components, you could have water leaks. If you’ve been reading any of our other blog posts, then you should already have some knowledge on how to prevent leaks in your home’s plumbing.

However, not all water leaks are easy to find. If you know the signs, you can easily find hidden water leaks in your plumbing. Water leaks will waste water, encourage mold growth, rack up a massive bill, and damage your home. Water leak repair should be prompt to prevent disasters and costly repair bills, this is why we want to help you find those hidden water leaks. 

Monitor Your Water Bill

The unwritten message from your water bill can be quite perplexing. You may not have noticed water leaks under the sink, or anywhere in or outside the house. But remember, there are out of sight or out of mind underground pipes, and you will have to pay for these leaks. A conscientious professional plumber will check all of your underground pipes when performing water leak repairs to ensure you will not have to place another service call anytime soon.

Check Your Water Meter

There is an effective way to check for water leaks by using your water meter. To use your water meter when checking for water leaks: 

  • Turn off all the water in your home. Make sure all faucets are shut off and that the dishwasher and washing machine are not in use. 
  • Check the water meter for changes. If your meter rises, chances are good that you have a fast-moving leak. 
  • If the water meter does not change, wait for two hours and check it again. If the water has remained off and the meter changes, you likely have a slower water leak.

Nevertheless, you should still call a professional plumbing service if you have either a slow or fast-moving leak.

Do the Toilet Dye Test 

Your toilets should be checked to make sure they are running properly. You can flush away a very large volume of water when a water leak is present. On average, toilets use up to 30 percent of your home’s total water consumption. Try the toilet dye test to detect water leaks. It’s easy. Just grab some food coloring and drop some in the toilet tank. Then wait for around 10 minutes. Water leak repairs will be necessary if you find color in the bowl after the 10 minute waiting time. This means, water is leaking from the tank to your drain without flushing the toilet: you’re wasting water and money.

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