If your water bill appears abnormal or shows a strange increase in your water consumption, it may be as a result of an invisible water line leak. A water leak is detrimental in a number of ways: it wastes your precious water, creates unnecessary expenses, and can cause a lot of damages to your home or premise. In connection to that, therefore, here are 5 tips to determine whether you have a water leak in your home.
- Check your meter reading
One of the simplest ways of establishing whether there is water leak in your home is to check your water meter reading. For better and quicker results, ensure that all taps and appliances that use water are off before taking the reading. Once you have taken the readings, ensure that you don’t use any water for a few hours.
You can easily do this by checking your meter reading in the evening before going to bed and then not using any water overnight. Take the second meter reading in the morning before using any water (this should include flushing your toilets). If your second meter reading is greater than the initial, there are high chances that you have a water leak in your premise.
- Dripping taps and connections
Another great way to detect water leaks in your home is to check all your shower heads and hunt for any damaged seals around your taps and sinks. If you see a tap that drips once or twice per second, you need to understand that you could be losing 10-12 liters per day.
Also check outside in your yard or any other outdoor area for leaking pipes, sprinklers, taps, and hoses. Keeping an eye for any unusual wet or dumpy areas of your garden is another great way to tell whether there are leaks in your water line.
- Mildew or Mold
Irrespective of how frequent you clean your bathroom, mold or mildew will always spring up if there is a hidden water leak. Generally, mold thrives in moist/dumpy and dark areas, and a pipe hidden under flooring or wall provides a conducive environment for mildew/mold growth, especially if there is a leak in the pipe.
While mildew can grow wherever water accumulates such as in the corner of your shower, mold growth in non-shower walls or your bathroom corner is a clear sign that water may be leaking somewhere along the pipe. Remember, a leaking pipe provides a lot of moisture, and the longer you take to detect or fix the leak, the faster and easier the mold will grow.
- Damaged walls and flooring
A warped or stained wall without a known cause is also clear sign that there is a plumbing leak in your home. Whenever a dry wall is exposed to moisture, it will become soft, bubble, warp, and break into piece. Similarly, if your bathroom floor is cracking or bulking without a clear cause, chances are that there are hidden water leaks.
- Use Geophone
A geophone is a popular tool that many people use in both traditional and trenchless water line repair. It can help you detect any leak in your home by amplifying sound produced by the leaks, enabling you to hear them when you listen to underground movement.
If the leak is too big, however, you may not easily detect the leak because a leak from a bigger hole may not produce a loud sound/noise. We highly recommend you contact a professional trenchless plumbing team like ours at Accurate Leak and Line to help you not only detect but fix the leak.
Water Leaks can be costly
As aforementioned, water leaks can be very costly in terms of expensive water bills and damages that it can cause to your property and appliances. If you are in Arlington, Texas and detect or feel that there are water leaks in your home, call Accurate Leak and Line Plumbing experts. We provide unmatched trenchless and traditional water line repair to cater for your residential and commercial needs.