Water Leak Detection Tips for Homes


Having water leaks can be a constant hazard for residential homes. It does not have to be a big leak because a small leak can lead to a mold problem that can be harmful and cause significant damage. Leak detection can be a long, expensive process. Some leaks do produce water damage that is visible on floor or drywall but others are only noticeable when the homeowner gets a higher than usual water bill.

When checking for water leaks you should first check the areas where the water pipes run through the floors and walls for water damage signs and then examine the water fixtures themselves where the fixtures may feel wet or have some water collected there. Check to see if any of the faucets are dripping, which can mean you need to change the washers inside, replace the fixtures if they are old, or appear worn out. When you are doing leak detection, you should pay attention to the lower parts of the room where you might see water collecting. The two prime spots for leaking are pipefittings and valves, especially where they are exposed to temperatures that are sub-freezing.

Many homeowners use budgets to track and pay their bills and notice that their water bill is getting higher each month they should check for water leakage. One place that you may have water leaking is your toilet. Each time you flush the toilet you think it will automatically stop when the tank is full but in some instances, it quietly continues to run slowly into the toilet. To see if this is the problem you can stand there until it fills and see if you see a slow stream of water going down the inside of the toilet bowl. If you see that you should replace the fixtures in the toilet reservoir. You can check with a plumbing store and they can help you with what you need to replace. You could also place a little food coloring into the reservoir tank and check in thirty minutes to see if there is any dye in the toilet bowl. If there is, this indicates a leaking flapper that will need to be replaced.

If you are not able to find the leak, you can call plumbing companies and have a plumber that specializes in leak detection. They have professional equipment that can help to find any leaks under the floors or in the walls where you cannot see them without tearing out the floors or walls. Some of the leaks are a simple fix that you can do yourself while others may be expensive and require a plumber to fix the leak. If there is a water leak detection it needs to be fixed immediately before other problems occur.