If you have ever had a plumbing leak, you know how costly and frustrating a problem this poses for residences. If you haven’t, count yourself lucky! Not only does it waste water, but even small leaks can lead to water damage, mold growth, and other problems. If you suspect that you have a plumbing leak, we offer you a few tips here to help you find it quickly.
- Check your water meter. First, you need to know if your leak stems from your supply line. Turn off all of the faucets in your home, including the ones in the kitchen, bathroom, and laundry room. Then, check your water meter. If the meter is still running, you have a leak somewhere.
- Look for signs of water damage. If you see any signs of water damage, such as wet spots on the floor, walls, or ceilings, you might have a leak. Other signs of water damage include warped wood, puckering drywall in ceilings or walls, and mold growth, which can be a serious health hazard.
- Listen for water sounds. If you hear any strange noises coming from your plumbing, such as dripping or running water, you may have discovered a sign of a leak. Pay attention to these noises, and try to pinpoint their location.
- Use a leak detection tool. Still experiencing trouble finding the leak? You can use a leak detection tool. These tools use sound waves or ultrasonic technology to locate leaks. Some of them connect to an app on your phone.
- Call a plumber. If you’ve tried all of the above and you still can’t find the leak, you should call a professional plumber. Your DRC plumber possesses the tools and experience to find and repair the leak quickly and efficiently.
Here are some additional tips for finding a plumbing leak:
- Check your water bill. If you find yourself shocked by a higher utility bill than usual, you might have a leak.
- Look for leaks outside your home. Water leaks can also occur outside your home, such as in the sprinkler system or the water line that runs to your house.
- Check your appliances and fixtures. Appliances, such as washing machines, or fixtures such as toilets or drains can also develop leaks.
By following these tips, you can quickly and easily find a plumbing leak and prevent it from causing further damage.
If you can’t find your leak, or you’ve found one and need help repairing it, remember that DRC Plumbing and Sewer can help. We’re ready 24/7 to help you prevent a disaster!