Be Alert of Water Leaks With a Few Easy Detection Tips

How to ensure there aren't any water leaks in your home to avoid serious water damage problems in the future. April 25, 2018 10:00 am

As a homeowner, it’s very important to ensure that there aren’t any water leaks in your home as this could lead to a serious problem if left unattended. To help you with that, here are some of the ways on how to detect leaks in your home.

The Basics
How old are your pipes? The older the water pipes are, the more prone they are to leaking. Keep in mind, pipes don’t last forever, and that’s why it’s very important to check them regularly and see if there are any indications of decay and damage. Keeping your pipes free from clogs would prolong its life as well.

1. Perform the Water Meter Rest
Most leaks aren’t visible at all. In fact, some are quite challenging to detect. Fortunately, with a water meter, you’ll be able to determine if there are any leaks in the building.

Shut off the water supply from your building. Don’t forget to turn off all the faucets, water-using appliances, and outlets. Make sure that there’s no one else using any water while doing this test. If there aren’t any leaks, there wouldn’t be any water movement at all. On the other hand, if there has been a movement, then it’s a clear indication that there’s probably an active leak within the water system. Check the toilets and the faucets after closing the main shut off valve. If there’s still movement, then the problem might be underground, which has to be repaired as soon as possible.

2. Check the Ceilings for Any Signs of Staining
If there’s discoloration on the walls and ceilings, it can be due to water leaking behind it. A stain could be the result of a roof leak, or water intrusion from the exterior walls. However, it can also be the cause of a broken water supply or a leaking pipe. Try to find the root cause of the problem. Neglecting the puddles on the ceilings and walls won’t only lead to property damage, but it can also lead to mold infestation.

3. See If There’s Any Sound of Running Water
This is pretty obvious; if you’ve been hearing sounds of running water– it can be splashing or hissing on the walls, or water dropping sounds. Whatever it is, you have to determine where the sound is going, and fix the problem right away.

4. Increase in Water Bills
If you notice that your water bill has increased, and the consumption is the same, then this should raise a red flag. The increase in water bill can be the cause of a problem in the plumbing system, such as leaking.

Finding Other Water Leaks
Usually, the water you use for drinking and showering comes from a pressurized tank, and a leak can be pretty obvious. For waste water, it can be challenging to determine where exactly the problem is. You can always try finding wet, warped or discolored stains on the floors, ceilings, and walls. This can help you find the exact source of leaking.

Water leaks need to be addressed immediately to prevent harmful damage to your home or your health. If you suspect a leak, you should immediately call a professional service like Coastline Environmental Solutions. Our company is a one stop shop for this type of issue because we have state of the art equipment to correctly uncover leaks, even hidden ones. And we are licensed to fix plumbing issues as well as provide restoration and cleanup for any water damage that may have occurred. Our office can even test for mold to ensure we fully protect your family and home from contaminants. Get in touch today to learn more about how we can help!

Author: Vince

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]