You can’t see most of your household plumbing system because it’s hidden away. This makes it difficult to grasp how extensive the plumbing is, all the pipes running through walls and floors and underneath the property. A plumbing system this large leaves ample opportunities for leaks to start, even with up-to-date piping material. It’s also difficult to tell when leaks start unless they’re causing water to spill out onto floors or drip from the ceiling.
Locating and stopping leaks is a job you want taking care of as soon as possible. You’ll need a professional plumber for much of the work, since you don’t have the training and tools necessary to perform leak detection and access the pipes. But there are first steps you can take when you believe your home plumbing is leaking.
First, watch for signs there are leaks
You need to watch for several signs of hidden leaks in your house or on your property. Some are subtle, and some less subtle—provided you know how to look for them.
- Your water usage is much higher than normal. Check usage against previous months to see if there’s been a significant an unexplained rise in gallons per month.
- You’ve noticed discolored patches on the drywall of the walls or ceiling.
- Floorboards are warped.
- Wet patches are appearing on your lawn without any visible reason.
- The water heater turns on at odd times (this indicates a leaking hot water line).
Next, look for more evidence
You’re suspicious about a leak. It’s time to do a bit of detective work to see if there is a problem.
- Go through your house and then around your property to look for damp areas. A keen nose will help, since leaks often create musty and moldy smells.
- Do the water meter test. Check your water meter and write down its current reading. Now shut off all water-using appliances around the house and don’t use any water for the next hour. After an hour, check the meter again. If the reading has changed, there’s a high chance you have a leak.
Even if these steps don’t reveal anything to you, consider the warning signs that caused you to wonder about leaks in the first place. If they seem serious enough, call a plumber anyway just to be sure.
The professional plumbing phase
Leak detection is one of the standard jobs professional plumbers handle. When you call us for plumbing in Corona, CA, our plumbers will arrive at your house with the best equipment available to find out the extent of the leaking and where the leaks are located. Tools like video pipe inspection cameras allow us to pinpoint leak locations so we can make repairs with the least amount of guesswork and disruptions to your property.
Fixing leaks can mean the difference between hundreds of dollars of wasted water, thousands of dollars in water damage, and … well, not having any of that. Save money and your home with a proactive approach to finding leaks.
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