Plumbing leaks can cause a lot of problems for homeowners.
We have compiled a list of tips that may help you with leak detection or to determine if you have a plumbing leak in your home.
1. Changes In Your Water Bill
One of the easiest ways to detect leaks is to look for any recent increases in water consumption. Comparing monthly water bills will allow you to clearly see any drastic changes in usage or price. For reference—a family of four should be using approx. 12,000 gallons of water per month.
2. Perform a Dye Test
Toilets are a common source of household leaks and can go undetected for long periods of time. A dye test is a quick and easy way to determine if your toilet is leaking. Perform a dye test by dropping some special dye or food coloring into the tank of your toilet. (Use caution when using food coloring as it can dye your toilet bowl) Let the dye settle in the tank for a few minutes and then check to see if any color has seeped into the bowl. If so, that means you have a faulty flush seal.
3. Check Your Water Heater
Water heaters are other common fixtures that can be prone to leaks. If you suspect a leak, make sure to check around the base of the heater and inspect the pressure relief value. Many pressure relief valves are plumbed directly into the basement floor drain so it may be difficult to detect the leak and might require the attention of a plumber.
4. Water Meter
If you have checked all your fixtures and still cannot find the root of the problem, checking your outdoor water meter can be a last resort. This method is good for determining if you have a leak with your main supply line under the ground. In order for this to work you must shutoff the water to your home and monitor any changes in the meter. If the meter continues to run, it indicates a leak.
5. Plumbing Check by a Professional
Detecting leaks in your home can be difficult especially if they are buried behind walls or ceilings. It is important to have your home inspected twice a year by professional plumbers. Keep in mind that these methods are great ways of finding common leaks but may not find the source of every problem. Having your home inspected by a professional is a surefire way to prevent future leaks.