Plumbing leaks are one of the worst things that can happen to your home if they are left undetected. Aside from the continuous waste of water, you will find that they can cause massive amounts of structural damage when water is left to sit in your walls or get in your foundation. Despite the massive amounts of damage they cause, they are easy to detect in many cases. Here are ways that you can spot plumbing leaks before they cause big problems.
Be Aware of the Signs of High Volume Water Use
You might notice a plumbing leak because of the higher amounts of water your home will use. An exorbitant water bill is always something to check out. You can also get in the habit of checking your water meters to look for higher than average consumption of water. Either sign points to a plumbing problem.
Listen and Look
Also take some time to periodically listen for plumbing issues. If you hear water running when no one is using a plumbing fixture, you may have a leak on your hands. Another thing to look at is how your plumbing fixtures are behaving. If any fixtures (or all fixtures) are continuously running slowly, something is up. There may be a leak upstream of these plumbing fixtures.
Test the System
You may be able to spot a leak by temporarily not using any water and reading your meters. Take a reading initially. Don't use any water for several hours (ideally overnight). See if the levels on your water meter have changed. If they have, that is a sure sign that you have a leak somewhere in your house.
Isolate the Leak
If you do detect a leak somehow, try to isolate the area of the leak before your plumber service arrives. You might notice the toilets or faucets in one area moving more slowly than others. You can also look for signs of water damage on walls around your major plumbing fixtures, such as baths and dishwashers.
Treat Plumbing Leaks Quickly
Any of these signs of a leak should become an emergency situation to seek out a plumber like those at Mike Hensley Plumbing Inc. You never know what else can happen down the road if a small leak is left to fester; it could spring into a bigger leak or cause hidden water damage. A plumbing specialist can quickly control leaks and repair piping to help you protect your home.Share