As homeowners, we love our homes and try to maintain them as best as we can. Unfortunately, no home is impervious to the occasional plumbing problem. We here at Metro-Flow Plumbing know this all too well. In today’s blog we are going to help you recognize signs of a water leak so you can be proactive and call us before it becomes an even bigger issue.
It’s estimated that the average U.S. household wastes nearly 10,000 gallons of water per year due to leaks. That’s a lot of water! Not to mention, those leaks can also add a good amount of money to your water bill each month. So, it’s important to find and fix any hidden water leaks in your home as soon as possible. Here are a few tips on how to do just that.
1. Check your water meter before and after a two-hour period when no one is using water in your home. Checking your water meter before and after a two-hour period when no one is using water in your home is a good way to check for hidden home water leaks. This is because during this two-hour period, if there is no water being used in your home, the water meter should not register any movement. If the water meter does register movement during this time, it could be indicative of a hidden water leak. To check your water meter, simply locate it (it should be near your home’s main water shut-off valve) and note the reading. Then, wait two hours without using any water in your home, and check the reading again. If the reading has changed, it’s likely that you have a hidden water leak. Of course, it’s always best to contact a professional plumber to diagnose and fix the problem. But checking your water meter is a good way to catch hidden leaks early on.
2. Look for any sudden spikes in your monthly water bill. If you’ve ever gotten a shocking water bill that was much higher than normal, it’s likely that you had a hidden home water leak. Unfortunately, these leaks can be tough to spot because they often occur hidden behind walls or under floors. However, there are a few telltale signs that you can watch out for. For example, if your monthly water use suddenly increases without any change in your daily routine, that’s a sign that you may have a hidden leak. Another clue is if you hear the sound of running water when all your taps are turned off. If you suspect that you have a hidden leak, it’s important to act quickly. The longer the leak goes undetected, the more water and money you’ll waste. To prevent hidden leaks from causing damage to your home, it’s a good idea to occasionally check for signs of moisture or mildew around your toilets, showers, and sinks.
3. Inspect all visible plumbing fixtures in your home for any signs of water damage or leaks, such as dripping faucets, wet spots on floors or walls, or soft spots in walls that could indicate a hidden pipe leak. It’s important to routinely inspect all visible plumbing fixtures for any signs of water damage or leaks. Look for any discoloration, warping, or staining around pipes, fittings, and fixtures. Also, be on the lookout for any drips or puddles that might indicate a hidden leak. If you do find any evidence of a leak, don’t delay in calling a qualified plumber to have it repaired. The sooner you address the issue, the less damage it will cause and the lower your repair bill will be.
4. Have someone listen for any strange sounds coming from your plumbing while someone else uses different fixtures throughout the house. Oftentimes, leaks can create a hissing sound as water escapes through a hole or crack in a pipe. If you think you may have a hidden home water leak, there are a few things you can do to check. Simply listen for the sound of running water, which may be hidden by the hissing sound of the leak. If you think you have found a hidden water leak, it is important to have it repaired as soon as possible to avoid costly damage to your home.
5. Take note of any areas in your yard where the grass is suddenly greener than normal or where there are puddles forming even when it hasn’t rained recently. These could be signs of a broken or leaking underground pipe. Wet spots in your yard, even when there hasn’t been any rainfall are a sure tell. These spots could indicate where water is escaping from a broken pipe. Finally, if you notice that your plant life is dying or that your lawn is unusually green, this could also be a sign of a hidden leak. If you suspect that you have a hidden water leak, it’s important to contact a plumber right away. A professional will be able to locate the source of the leak and make the necessary repairs. Ignoring a hidden home water leak can lead to serious damage to your property and inconsistencies in your water supply.
If you suspect that you have a hidden water leak but cannot find it, contact a professional plumber here at Metro-Flow Plumbing for help diagnosing and repairing the issue. Left unaddressed, hidden water leaks can cause extensive damage to your home and unnecessarily increase your water bills each month. But with just a little time and effort, you can easily find and fix them yourself!
Water leaks might seem like small issues, but they can actually have BIG consequences if left unaddressed—like adding money to your monthly water bill or causing serious damage to your home over time. The good news is that finding and fixing hidden water leaks is usually pretty straightforward if you know what to look (and listen) for! So next time you suspect there might be a leak somewhere in your home, put these tips into action and get it fixed ASAP.
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