Posted on: 6 July 2016
One of the problems with water leaks is that you don't always know you have one until the damage has been done. For instance, if you have a small leak in a water pipe that's located inside your walls, you might not know you have a leak until the sheetrock is destroyed and you have mold growing in your home. Once you see the problem, you're facing serious problems and costly repairs. Luckily, there are some ways for you to identify a leaky pipe before you're faced with major damage. Here's what you should be looking for.
Water Bills That Keep Going Up
If your water bills keep going up each month, in spite of the fact that you're cutting back on usage, there's a good chance that you have a leaky pipe somewhere on your property. Most water pipes are located either inside the walls or buried in the ground beneath your home. Try to locate the leak by inspecting your home. Here's what you should look for.
- Moist spots on your walls
- Moisture coming up through the concrete
- Areas of your lawn that are greener than others
Water Pressure That Keeps Going Down
When it comes to water pressure in your home, minor fluctuations are normal. They can be caused by too many faucets running at the same time or even someone flushing the toilet while you're showering. However, if the water pressure has been gradually declining over time, or you've experienced a sudden drop in water pressure throughout your home, you may have a rupture in the main water line to your home. You should shut the water off and contact your plumber as soon as possible.
Water Meters That Keep Going Around
If you suspect that you have a leak somewhere in your water lines, you should test the meter. When your water lines are in good condition, the meter should stay at one reading when you turn the water off. However, if you have a leak somewhere in your home, the meter will continue to run even after you turn the water supply to the house off at the street. To test this, turn the water off and write down the numbers that are displayed on the meter. Wait about 30 minutes and then go out and read the meter again. If the numbers are the same, you don't have a leak. If the numbers have changed, you have a leak somewhere in your water lines. You'll need to hire a plumber (such as one from Mr. Rooter Plumbing) to locate the leak.
If you suspect that you have a leak in your water lines, you need to have it taken care of as soon as possible. Use the information provided here to help you identify any leaks you may have in your home.Share