5 Ways to Check for Hidden Water LeaksNovember 29, 2017 9:00 am
Water leaks are never good news, but discovering them early enough can make a big difference when it comes to dealing with them. Thankfully, there are a lot of proven ways to detect all types of water leaks.
If you think you might have a leak in your home, here are 5 ways to check whether that’s true or not:
• Look at Your Water Bill
If your water bill seems too high and your water usage hasn’t changed, you might be dealing with a leak in your house. Take a look at water bills from the previous months – is there a steady increase? If there is, you might want to contact a plumber and have him check the pipes. A slow leak might not seem like a priority in your household, but these types of problems will generally get worse before they get better.
• Monitor Exterior Usage
While checking for water leaks, don’t forget about your irrigation system. An easy way to check whether everything is working properly would be to attach a garden hose to an outside faucet; as long as the hose is running, there shouldn’t be any leaks through the connection. If you do encounter some leakage, try retightening the connections or replacing the rubber hose gasket.
• Check the Water Meter
This is one of the most reliable methods of finding out whether you should be worried about leaks. Step one: shut off all the faucets and turn off any water-based appliances, such as the washing machine and the dishwasher. Step two: check whether the water meter’s moving. If it does, you’ve successfully detected a fast water leak. If not, check back again in a couple of hours; if the meter has moved, you probably have a slow leak on your hands.
• Use Food Coloring
If you’re suspicious about water leaks in your toilet, simply add a couple of drops of food coloring in your toilet tank. After ten minutes, look at the toilet bowl. If the color has made its way from the tank to the bowl, you officially have a water leak problem.
• Stay Vigilant
As they say, prevention is better than cure. If you want to make sure water leaks won’t pose a problem in the future, you could have a professional plumber inspect your house for any irregularities. This is especially important when it comes to houses that are over 25 years old, as their plumbing systems are more likely to break under duress.
Vincent J. Attardo is the President/CEO of Coastline Environmental Solutions, Inc. He provides Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) investigations, mold and bacteria testing, water damage/mold remediation and repair, and is available for consultation and public speaking. For more information please visit www.coastlineclean.com. Readers may contact him at 800-847-3867 or email at [email protected]