How to Find Hidden Plumbing Leaks in Your Home

Have you noticed your water bill seems to be getting higher, but you don’t think you’re using any more water? You may have a hidden leak in your plumbing system. There are ways to uncover hidden leaks; read on to learn more.

  1. Check your monthly water usage. Your monthly bills state how many gallons of water you use each month. Water consumption is higher during the summer. If your water usage is over the average and nothing unusual is going on—such as having a lot of guests during the month—you probably have a leak.
  2. Test your water meter. The water meter is usually located in an underground box in front of your house near your property line. Make sure no one is using water. Your meter may have a leak-detection dial. If the dial is spinning when no water is being used, there’s a leak. If your meter doesn’t have a leak-detection dial, record the number on your meter, wait 2 hours while no water is being used, and recheck the meter. If the reading on the meter has increased, you have a leak.
  3. Look around your plumbing, including toilets, faucets, and showerheads, for water. Check the tank parts of your toilets, under kitchen and bathroom sinks, and around your bathtubs and showers. You can check a toilet for leaks by adding a dye tablet or some drops of food coloring to the tank. After 10 minutes, check the water in the toilet bowl. If the water shows the food coloring, you have a leak. Inspect your pipes and faucet gaskets. Faucets can leak when gaskets or washers wear out and need to be replaced. Leaks can develop between the showerhead and the pipe stem. You can use pipe tape to fix the problem until you get a plumber to make permanent repairs.
  4. Look for puddles around your water heater.
  5. Check for leaks in your washing machine hoses.
  6. Beware of the smell of mold in your home. If you have mold, there’s probably a moisture source somewhere. You may not be able to find a leak, so it may be time to call plumbers in Kennesaw, GA, for help.
  7. Look for stains on your walls, ceilings, or floors. For example, a stain on your wall could indicate a leak in a wall pipe. Leaks can cause damage to paint or wallpaper.
  8. Take note of changes in your water pressure. A decrease in water pressure is a sign of a leak.
  9. Check your yard for puddles of water. You may have a leak in an underground pipe, or your irrigation system may have been damaged during the winter season.
  10. Look for other signs of underground leaks. These can include unusually green or soft areas in your grass, rusty water, sinkholes, or heaved concrete or pavement.
  11. See if there are any cracks in your house’s foundation.
  12. Check garden hoses. Leaks can develop where the hose connects to the spigot. Replacing the washer in the hose should take care of the problem.

Plumb Doctor teamIf you see signs of moisture and think you have a leak, a plumber can locate the leak and fix the problem. If you have a water leak in your home, call Plumb Doctor at 770-912-8922 or request a plumbing appointment online. If you have an emergency, our experienced plumbers are available to help 24/7.