Leaks seem like a relatively obvious plumbing problem — after all, leaks leave behind a pool of water. But what if the leak was happening behind a wall or in your ceiling?
Homeowners are often surprised to learn that they’ve had a leak for weeks, sometimes even months that has gone unnoticed.
Checking Your Home for Plumbing Leaks
Keep an eye on your water meter.
One of the best ways to check for an underground or hidden leak is to monitor your water meter. First look at where your meter is, then turn all the water off in your home — shut off faucets, do not shower, and make sure the dishwasher and washing machine are off. After a few hours, check the meter again. If you haven’t used any water, but the meter has changed, you likely have a leak.
Look at your monthly statements.
Similar to checking your meter, look at your monthly water bill for signs of a leak. While spikes tend to occur in the summer months, your water bill should be relatively consistent month to month. If one month you find that it’s increased dramatically, call a plumber to inspect for leaks.
Grab some food coloring.
You can test for leaks in your toilet by adding a few drops of food coloring to your tank and waiting. After about 15 minutes, look in the bowl and see if any of the dye has bled through. If it has, you have a leak in your tank.