Have you had a chance to read our latest blog yet? If you have, then you already know about a couple of ways to check for leaks in your home. We talked about checking your water bill and taking a reading on your water meter. Once you’ve taken your reading and you’ve determined that you probably have a leak, your next step is to determine what is leaking! The following list of tips from our Belleville plumber will help:
- Find out if the leak is inside or outside – The first thing that you will need to do to figure out where the leak is located is to turn off your home’s main water valve. After you’ve turned off the water, check your water meter again. If the leak is inside, the leak indicator should stop moving, and if the leak is outside, the leak indicator will continue to move.
- If the leak is inside – Check out all of your plumbing fixtures and appliances to locate leaks. Leaks from faucets and showerheads are generally easy to spot. Read our previous blog, to determine if your toilet is leaking. You should also check the walls around your pipes to watch for signs of water damage.
- If the leak is outside – Locate and then take a close look at all of the outside hose bibs on your home. If there is indeed a leak, you should be able to hear it. If the sound that your hose bibs are emitting starts to get louder the closer you get to a particular hose bib, you are getting closer to the leak.
Keep in mind that you won’t always be able to find the leak yourself, and if you can’t, don’t just assume that you don’t have a problem. In cases like these, your best bet is to call in a professional.