Your homes plumbing system has many required parts that must be maintained with care to lessen the risk of damage to the whole plumbing system. Lots of things can go wrong with plumbing, and it’s important to determine what those problems may be and how to locate them. One of those problems is leaks.
Not only is a leak annoying, but it can be costly in the long run. A water bill can run up fairly fast if you don’t realize you have a leak in the home. To avoid a lot of expense and repair bills, it’s important to try to learn how to detect a leak in your plumbing system.
Below are some different ways you can try to detect a leak in your plumbing.
It is easy to detect leaks if the pipes are made out of copper. When you look at the copper piping, you will notice a leak by a small white circle that has formed in the area of the leak on the piping.
You can watch your water meter to see if there is a leak. Turn off all the water taps to your home and go out to the water meter. If the meter is running, this is a good sign that there is probably a leak.
Check High Risk Areas for Leaks
You can check various places around your home for leaks. If you see water dripping around your shower heads, or a toilet that runs when it’s not being used, faucets that constantly drip water, a continual backing up of your sewer, bad odors or a high water bill, these are signs that a leak is possible. If you have cracks in your foundation, or if you see mildew and molds growing or if your carpet and flooring is moist, these are signs there could be a leak in the pipes. As well, you should check your washing machine, basement, pool area and water heating system for any visual signs of leaking. If you notice your water pump is always running and you’re not using it, this is a sign of a possible leak.
Use A Leak Test
– A good way to check for a leak in your plumbing is to carry out a leak test in the toilet. Using red food coloring, add some dye to the tank portion of the toilet and let it sit for at least thirty minutes. If the water in the bowl turns red, you definitely have a toilet leak.
If you don’t repair the plumbing leaks you have, they will get worse over time. If you do discover you have a leak, it would be wise to contact a professional plumber to help repair the problem.
Peter Wendt is a writer and researcher living in Austin, TX. When he built his home and needing plumbing construction, he called Excalibur Plumbing.