Water leaks can slowly but steadily cause damage to your home over time. Your monthly bill can also increase significantly. This is why it is important to react as soon as you notice something is off. I wanted to learn more so I asked Leak Detection Pros about it when they came over to fix a minor leak, and they showed me how I can check for leaks myself before asking for help from the professionals. There are a few ways you can approach the leak investigation in your home and here’s what I learned:
Keep an Eye on Your Monthly Bill
Sometimes leaks can be very sneaky, and the only way you might suspect something is wrong is through your monthly bill. If you see a sudden increase, or a steady climb over a period of a few months then you might be dealing with a leak somewhere in your home. These leaks could be anywhere; in the walls, underground, and it can be very difficult to find the source just by looking. The best solution would be to call a professional to perform a thorough inspection with proper tools and knowledge.
If you are still not convinced or comparing bills from past months doesn’t bring any definitive evidence, then you can also check water usage. You can check online the amount of water a family would use in 1 month and then compare it with your results. This is also not the most precise way to detect a leak, but it can be enough to alert you to the presence of one.
If you are suspecting there’s a leak somewhere, you can perform a check oN your water meter. To do so, make sure you shut off all water supply in your home, including all the faucets and machines that use water. When you’ve made sure everything is closed, check your water meter. If you see the water level change rapidly then you are most definitely dealing with a leak. Still, give it an hour or two because the leak might be smaller and slower, if you don’t see any change after a few hours then everything should be fine.
Try the Food Color Trick
There is a simple trick with food color that can show a leak. Pour just a few drops of food color into the toilet and wait for a while. If you find the color leaking into the bowl although you never flushed it, you have reason to assume that there might be a leak.
You can make a habit of checking your home regularly for leaks or other potential issues and defects. Inspect dark places for mold as that can be a sign of humidity created by leaks. It is vital to inspect older homes with dated plumbing systems. This could mean there is a higher chance of defects. It is recommended to call a plumber at least once a year to make sure everything is in working order and identify potential future issues.
Performing checks in your home is not that difficult. You can create your own routine and do this every couple of months, especially during winter when temperatures can severely affect your plumbing. The problem is when you are suspecting a leak but you have neither the proper tools nor the knowledge to discover and fix it.
If this is the case, then the fastest and safest route to resolving the issue is to contact professionals. Of course, it is better to prevent the problem in the first place than to deal with it, which is why it would be a good idea to schedule regular checkups from professionals you can trust. Leaks can be pretty nasty sometimes, and fixing them can be costly. It is better to invest that money into maintenance and prevention.