Tuesday, October 9, 2018

How to Detect a Water Leak in Your Home

Leaking water could lead to an expensive fix inside your home. Before the problem gets too costly, there are several ways to identify a leak without a plumbing contractor on hand. If you suspect that there is a leak in your home, here are some areas you can check.

Water Meter
If you suspect there is a leak somewhere in your home, there’s a way to confirm your suspicions. First, turn off the water inside your home. Next, locate the water meter and examine its small dial. If that dial is moving, it means there is still water running and there is indeed a leak.

Hot Water Heater
Checking the hot water heater will let you know if there is a hot water leak in your home. The way to check this is to turn the valve on the hot water heater to the off position. Let it remain off for around a minute and then turn it back to the on position. Listen for a surge when it is turned back on. If there is a surge that signifies that you are in need of water heater repair. If not, it still does not rule out a cold water leak.

One easy way to check for a leaky toilet is to place some food coloring in the top part. Do not use the toilet for an extended period of time, and then check the bowl a few hours later. If that coloring is showing in the bowl, the toilet leaked through and there is indeed a cold water leak. 

It is not uncommon for the bathtub to be a source of a leak and a common sign is disturbed tiles or vinyl on the bathroom floor next to the tub. Also, look for any moldy areas on the floor, or cracks in the caulking around the tub. Another sign is spots on the ceiling in the room underneath where the bathtub is located.

There is a possibility that the leak is not directly under your home. On a dry day, go out beyond the water meter and look at the ground for signs of a rainy day. Soft spots and muddy areas indicate that water is leaking below the ground. Underground leaks can also come with a type of hissing sound that can sometimes be heard from the lowest point of the house.

If you detect a water leak in your home, contact the team of professionals at Ammons Superior Plumbing Service Charlotte NC. Our team of technicians can provide an immediate fix to clogged toilets, water heater repair and any kind of drain clog, in addition to all other plumbing problems.