6 Ways To Find Hidden Water Leaks

Early detection of a water leak can save you money and you could also avoid a potential disaster.

Plumbers have leak detection equipment that can quickly and accurately find the source of leaks. Even if the leak is under concrete or behind a wall. Ground microphones or listening discs are acoustic listening devices that a plumber uses to find leaks. Since you are not an expert and you don’t have the necessary professional equipment to detect if there is a leak in your house, we invite you to read the following 6 ways of finding a water leak.

These are some of the signs that you may have a leak and should consider contacting a plumber for water leak repair services.

Check your water meter

One of the best ways to tell if you have a leak in some part of your plumbing is to check the water meter. Turn off all the water in your home. Then shut off all faucets, and make sure the dishwasher and washing machine are not running. Next, watch the meter and see if it begins to change. If it does, you likely have a fast-moving leak. If the meter doesn't change immediately, wait two hours and check it again. If it has changed despite all the water is off, you may be dealing with a slower leak. The leak could be anywhere after the meter, or even underground. Remember that all piping after the meter is a homeowner’s responsibility.

Look at your usage

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recommends checking your winter water usage to find out if a leak is occurring somewhere in your home. If a family of four is using more than 12,000 gallons of water per month, there’s probably have a serious leak problem somewhere in your plumbing system.

Monitor your bill

If your bill is rising consistently but your water use habits haven't changed, a leak may be to blame. Gather some bills from the past few months and compare them to see if there’s a steady increase. Your water bill should remain within the same range month to month. Remember that some of your pipes may be underground. You may never detect leaks in this part of your system, but you will always pay for them. It’s best to have a professional plumber make a thorough check of all the pipes. A warm spot on the floor ( with under slab piping) or the sound of water running needs prompt, professional attention.

Grab some food coloring

Toilets can account for up to 30 percent of your water use, so you should check to ensure they’re running properly. To test for leaks, add a few drops of food coloring to your toilet tank and wait 10 minutes. If the color shows up in your bowl, then you have a leak allowing water to flow from the tank to your drain without ever flushing the bowl.

Check exterior usage

Leaks don't just happen inside the home -- they occur outside as well. Check your outside spigots by attaching a garden hose; if water seeps through the connection while the hose is running, replace the rubber hose gasket and check to see all connections are tight. Consider calling a professional once a year to check your irrigation system if you have one. A system with even a small leak could be wasting 6,300 gallons of water per month.

Use common sense

Make a practice of regularly checking in the back of cabinets and under basins for any signs of mold or foul smells that might indicate a leak: prompt attention could save you thousands in repairs. Consider having a professional plumber make an annual inspection of your home to check for leaks or potential problems. If you suspect a leak anywhere in your plumbing system, call in a professional to make a repair as soon as possible. Don’t wait until it gets worse and you end up with a real mess on your hands!

JCN Plumbing is a pioneer in the water leak detection service in Miami. We have the best and most advanced technology to effectively detect a water leak. If you suspect that there is a water leak on your property, call us. One of our customer service representatives will quickly help you schedule an appointment with one of our experts to provide you with a free estimate.

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