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Tips On How To Detect Water Leaks At Home

by Jill Jenkins

Detecting and fixing a water leak in your plumbing system can not only stop the problem. It can also save you from paying high water bills every month. Some leaks are visible and can easily be sealed, but others, for example underground pipe leakages, are hard to note and may contribute to hefty water bills before they are spotted.

The following tips will help you detect and locate potential leakage areas in your home:

Check Your Water Meter

Before you move on to potential leakage areas in your home, you need to check your water meter to determine if there is any leakage at all.

  • First, make sure is not running and then locate your meter box.
  • Check if the leak indicator is moving. If so, it may imply that you have a leak. Depending on the type of meter you are using, a leak indicator may be either a small silver wheel or a triangle-shaped dial.
  • Alternatively, you can use meter readings to detect a leak.
  • Note down a reading and wait for 1-2 hours before taking another one. If there is a difference in the two readings, you may have a leak.

After confirming there is a leak, move on to other areas of the house.

Check Your Toilet

Toilets are the most common cause of water leaks. A toilet that manages to run after flushing might be wasting 20-40 liters of water per hour. The figure approximates to 175 to 350 cubic meters (175,000-350,000 liters) of water a year, which is just enough to run a swimming pool. So how do you detect a faulty toilet?

  • Remove the tank lid and drop a dye tablet or a food-coloring substance into the tank.
  • Wait for 15 minutes and then check the water in the bowl of the toilet. You know you have a leak if the bowl water changes its color.

Check Your Water Supply Line

It is hard to detect a leak in a supply line because it is buried 3 feet below the surface of the ground. However, the water will try to find some way out with time. It may run back to the meter or try to exit at the point where the line enters the house. Check your meter box. If it contains water, it may indicate there is a leak in the supply line.

Check The Faucets

A faucet leak mainly occurs in drips of water. If ignored, the drips can amass to large amounts of water at the end of the day. To detect a faucet leak, turn off the faucet and observe if there are drips.

While some problems are easy to detect and fix, others are not and require extensive plumbing repair from an experienced plumber. Checking for leaks on a regular basis can save you a lot of money. To learn more, contact a company like AP Plumbing with any questions or concerns you have.