If not managed quickly and effectively, water leaks can become a real problem for homeowners and cause nightmare scenarios. Although cracked or broken pipes will require a plumber, there will be cases where you can fix a leak on your own.
Here are the basics of what you need to know about water leaks in your home.
How to Find Water Leaks
Some water leaks are difficult to detect, yet there are things you can do to find signs of leaking water in your home. This will help put your mind and rest and lessen the risk of a flood at home.
You can do this either with the help of a water meter or without. Let’s explore both options to give you as much opportunity as possible to discover a leak – before it becomes a bigger problem.
How to Find Water Leaks Without a Water Meter
If you’re trying to find a water leak, the first thing you need to know is where to look. Here are a plumber’s top tips when you’re on the hunt for a potential water leak:
- Start by checking every single valve in the house. Valves should never leak water on their own. If you notice that they are leaking water, you will need to replace the valves.
- Check the visible pipes of your sinks and toilet to ensure that there is no dripping down or around the pipes. Some people like to place a piece of plastic underneath to hear if the water drips loudly.
- Your toilet and washing machine should not leak any water, whether they are working or not. You can place a kitchen towel underneath your toilet or washing machine to check for a water leak.
- If you want to check for a water leak outside, take a look at the grass. If you find a patch of grass with severe discolouration that isn’t caused by a plant disease, it may be the result of a water leak.
How to Find Water Leaks With a Water Meter
You use the water meter to detect a water leak in your home if there is something that you cannot see with the naked eye.
- Make sure that you turn off all water systems in your house, including washing machines and dishwashers, and don’t use the toilet for a few hours.
- Go to your water meter, which may be located near the front of your home or in the basement. Note down the numbers shown on the water meter.
- Wait a few hours before you return to recheck the numbers.
If the numbers haven’t moved, then you probably don’t have a water leak. However, if the number has increased there may be a leak somewhere that you need to fix.
How to Fix a Leak
Sometimes, you will be able to fix a water leak on your own without the need for a plumber. This is usually in cases where all you need to do is fix a pipe or perhaps tighten a valve.
There are many hardware stores with DIY tools and instructions on fixing leaks. However, if at any moment you feel that you will need additional help to fix a water leak, make sure to consult a professional.
Don’t let water leaks become a problem in your home. Make sure to regularly check your water sources to make sure that everything is working properly. If you notice higher water bill costs or any other issues, act immediately. The sooner you fix the problem, the better!