A slow water leak can elevate your water bills and impact your plumbing. Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Oneida can help you detect water leaks inside your home to prevent damage and waste. Learn how to find the leak yourself and when to contact a plumber for help.
1. Monitor Your Water Meter
Check your water meter monthly to see how much water your household typically uses. If you notice a spike in your meter or water bill, you might have a leak. Your home will use more water to keep your systems running despite the leak, which can lead to waste and high bills.
2. Look for Water Damage
Water damage can appear all over your home. When you have a leak, the escaped water will quickly damage your home, which can help you find the issue faster. Some specific signs you have a leaking pipe include:
- A musty smell.
- Pooling water.
- A dripping sound.
- Water spots on the walls or ceiling.
- Bubbling paint or warped wallpaper.
- Muddy patches on your lawn.
3. Perform a Dye Test
If you suspect a leaking toilet, you can test it with food coloring. Add a few drops of food coloring to your tank and wait about ten minutes. If your toilet bowl becomes the same color as the tank, you have a slow leak that's letting the water run into the bowl without flushing.
4. Check Your Appliances
Here are a few common places you might find a leak:
- Water tank: You should be able to see any broken gaskets or vales, especially if water is escaping. If you do notice puddles or leaking water, call a professional.
- Showerheads: If you notice a drop in water pressure when you shower or run the bath, that could signify a leak.
- Sinks: Your sink might drip inconsistently, which is easy to spot. Check below the sink and around the cabinets for pooling water or water damage.
5. Call a Professional
If you find a leak or suspect you have one, consult a plumber. A professional can assess leaking pipes and repair them for you to save time and prevent damage.