That’s a good question, included in the category of “questions that you’d rather not hear the word yes to,” with other questions such as, “Am I getting sick?” and “Is my toilet clogged?” Though, if the answer is yes, you’d probably like to be notified when there is a leak in your home, correct? If not then this might not be the right blog for you.
We’re all about preparation and plumbing in Normal, IL here. Preparation includes being ready for pipe leaks when they inevitably occur. So, here’s the question framed in a better light:
“Is there a water leak in my home, and how can I tell?”
If that’s the question you’re asking, then we implore you to read on. We’re going to cover the basics on how to tell if your plumbing is leaking under your nose.
Using Your Water Meter
If you’re sure that there’s no water being currently used inside your home, (no toilets, sinks, showers, anything) then you can use your water meter to tell if there’s a water leak somewhere on your property. Finding the water meter can be a bit tricky and might require the help of your municipal water department, or a plumber in the case you’re using well water.
If there’s no water being used, your water meter should be dialed in at zero and not moving at all. If you notice that the dial is moving, you’re most likely dealing with a water leak somewhere in your plumbing. Generally, the next step is to narrow down exactly where the water leak is.
Locations of Water Leaks
Toilets, showers, sinks, you name it, there are a lot of appliances in our homes that use water. That being said, narrowing down which appliance is the one causing the leak, or whether it’s just a pipe somewhere in your basement, is a difficult task to say the least.
- Leaking Toilets. If you notice your toilet running often or if the mechanical flapper inside the tank isn’t working, your toilet is likely the culprit of wasteful water.
- Leaking Sinks and Showers. If your sink or shower is leaking, these are usually the easiest to notice. Wait a little while in your quiet bathroom and if you hear a drip every once in a while, you’ve got your culprit.
- Soggy or Wet Areas. If you’ve got areas of your property that are soggy or always wet, this isn’t natural. Somewhere within or beneath these fixtures could be your water leak.
- A stain is a good way of noticing that there’s a water leak in your home. Somewhere near that stain is a pipe that’s dispersing water, usually.
- Sounds of Leaks. A pipe that’s within your walls or in your basement can still make noises when it leaks. If you’re hearing dripping sounds through your walls or in your basement, that could signify that there is a plumbing leak.
Well, if any of these points look familiar or sound like they exist in your home, contact a professional plumber today.
Why not contact one of the expert professionals from the Pipeworks Inc. team today?