Like it or not, you, as a homeowner, are your home’s first defense against major plumbing problems. The most common plumbing problem in homes is a leak in a pipe, a joint, or a faucet. Though these seem like small issues, if left unattended, they could become major issues. Fixing a small leak quickly will save you big money in the long run.
This article from EzineArticles.com explains what you should do if you suspect there may be a leak in your home.
1. Is There a Leak?
Start with a simple test of water flow. Turn off all water sources at their inlet valves, located below the sink and at the wall or floor under the toilet. Turn off outbuilding, garden, and lawn water sources, too.
Observe your water meter for movement in the dial. Note the reading or mark the needle dial on meter. Recheck the meter in 30 minutes. If the meter registers additional flow, water is being lost on the house side of the meter.
2. Water is Leaking Somewhere
Check Visible Pipes. To check for wetness on pipes, joints and faucets, use a paper towel. Leaks may also be found by sound, also. A stethoscope is best, but a piece of hardwood one foot in length and an inch square (3/4 inch) will channel the sound of water hissing like a stethoscope. Place one end of the stick on a pipe and listen to the other end for hissing or squirting sounds.
Other signs of leaks include:
– Unusually high water bills
– Sewer backup problems due to extra water flow
– Toilets overrunning and dripping faucets
– Running water sounds when faucets not in use
– Discolored walls, flooring, ceilings are indicative of water damage
– Musty odors from floors, drains, or sewer connections
– Damp slab or foundation, possible cracking of flooring
– Warm areas on concrete floors or moisture under carpeting or flooring
3. No leaks found by sight or hearing, but observed in water meter flow test, call an expert.
If all signs point to a leak, but you cannot find one, it is time to call a professional. If you wait too long, your small leak may turn into a big problem.
If you have any questions or think you may have a leaky pipe, contact Mahon Plumbing by clicking here today!