Water leaks can become a huge problem for you because of all the substantial damage it can cause to your property and possessions. Repairing a water-damaged property is expensive and time-consuming, which is why it is best to prevent the disaster from happening in the first place.
Early detection of water leaks can save you from the extensive cost of repairing water damage. In this blog, we will take a look at some of the ways in which you can detect whether or not you have water leaks at home and how you can find them.
First off, you need to be sure about whether or not there is a water leak in your home. In order to do that, you need to take a few steps. When checking for a leak, make sure that there is no water being used at home – both inside and outside the house. Next thing you should do is find the water meter in your home and check if the leak indicator is moving. It can be a small silver wheel when the water is flowing through the meter or a triangular shaped dial, depending on the brand. If there is no water being used in your home and the dial is moving, chances are that you have a leak in your home. Another way to see if you have a leak is to take a reading from your meter, wait for a couple of hours and then check it again. Needless to say, make sure that you don’t use any water during this time. If the reading has changed, you have a leak on your hands to deal with.
Now that you know you’re facing a water leakage problem, you need to find out if it is inside the house or outside.
To do this, locate the main water valve and shut off the water. Check the leak indicator to see if there is any movement or changes in the reading. If the leak indicator stops moving or if the readings do not change, this means that the water leakage is inside the house. If there is a change in readings after shutting off the valve, it means that the leak is outside the house.
Make it a point to check for potential water leaks every month. This simple habit can save you from a lot of headache if you detect the problem too late.
The main problem with water leaks is with the hidden leaks in your home. The obvious ones are easy to identity so you know where the problem is. But when there are leaky fixtures that don’t show obvious signs, you can be in for a lot of trouble. Here’s how you can look for hidden leaks in your home.
Leaky toilets can waste hundreds of gallons of water, without you knowing. Even the tiniest of leaks can add up to a huge amount of water wasted. While it doesn’t necessarily cause water damage, a leaky toilet can result in a lot of money wasted.
If you want to confirm if you have a leaky toilet, just remove the tank lid and place some food coloring in it. Don’t flush the toilet and just let the food color filled water sit in the tank. Come back after half an hour and check the toilet bowl. If there’s a water leakage in your toilet, you will see the food coloring in the bowl.
Primarily caused by a worn out rubber washer, a leaky faucet can cause a lot of plumbing problems in the long run. The washer is placed under the faucet handle, which makes it easy to miss water leakage. If you have the tools, this can be an easy fix for you. You need to shut off the water under the sink, remove the faucet handle and then replace the rubber washer.
We would advise that you don’t try this yourself because if you mess it up, you can cause more problems trying to solve this simple one. It’s better to call in a plumbing professional but we’ll tell you more about that later.
Underground Water Leakage
The most challenging hidden leaks are the ones that you cannot see very clearly. To detect underwater leaks, there are a few signs that you can look for. Now, the visual sign is that some parts of your property might be wet without any reason. Check your driveway, street or curb for any signs of water flow. If there is a hidden leak, it can result in slight water flow. It might not be a proper stream of water. In fact, it can be as simple as a little puddle that just doesn’t seem to dry up.
Another way to check for hidden leaks underground is to tally the meter reading like we mentioned before. If you have sorted out all the leaks in your home but the meter is still running, you have an underground water leakage problem. This is not something that you cannot take on as a DIY project. You need professional help and we are the people to provide you just that.
Call The Professionals
If you are facing a water leakage problem – particularly a hidden leak problem – and you happen to live in Arizona, you are in luck. You can call us in for a one-stop solution to the water leakage problems in your home. At Mesa Plumbing, we pride ourselves in our ability to provide some of the best plumbing services in the region. While you might think that dealing with leaking fixtures might be an easy job, it is actually very easy to mess it up and create a bigger problem.
Follow our guidelines to find out if you have water leakage problems in your home and if you have them, where they are. Beyond that, all you need to do is give us a call and we’ll send in our expert plumbing professionals to come and fix your problem. If you’re having trouble finding the leaks, that isn’t a problem either. Our guys know how to look for them and can provide you the best possible repair services.
For more information, call us at (480) 832-1660 or visit our website at https://mesaplumbingcompany.com/