How To Check For Water Leaks

water leakChecking for Water Leaks

Most people may think that it will be pretty obvious if they have a leak in their home plumbing. While a leak may be evident by a puddle of water under a pipe or a dripping faucet, sometimes leaks are out of sight and a lot of time can pass without anyone noticing. If you suspect you may have a leak, or would like to check for one for your own peace of mind, here are a few steps you can follow before calling a professional.


Check your Water Meter

Turn off all the water in your home and then find your water meter. If your meter has a leak detector to show water flow you can find out immediately. If not, check it once and then check it again in an hour or so when you aren’t using water to see if the meter has changed. If water usage is indicated when you aren’t using water, you have a leak.

Search for the Leak Location

You can work on isolating the problem by turning off the main water valve in your home and checking the meter again. If the meter doesn’t change after shutting off the water you can be sure the leak is in your home. If the leak is inside the house try to look for water in all logical places such as running faucets, under sinks or around toilets, under plumbing in crawl spaces, or around water heater tanks.


You can find out if your toilet is leaking by putting some food coloring in the tank and seeing if it colors the water in the bowl as well. You can also look for signs of a leak by checking if the floor or ceiling is warping or water stains are showing up on walls or ceiling.


Trust a Professional to Tackle Tough Jobs

Underground leaks outside the home can be hard to detect. You can look for water runoff areas or unusually soggy areas around your house to help pinpoint the leak. However, the place the water ends up isn’t necessary near where it came from. Hiring a professional is the best way to accurately detect a leak (and fix it) since they have special equipment designed to locate leaks underground, under concrete or throughout the home and property. Hidden water lines won’t be an issue for them, which takes pressure and stress off of you.


Most importantly, a professional can repair hard to reach leaks well so that they won’t become issues again down the line. A repaired leak will save a lot of money over time. If you are unsure of how to correctly do the repair it is better to trust it to someone who knows what they are doing.