How to Find Water Leaks before Damage Occurs

Plumbing leakLeaks in your home can drive up your water bill and destroy your property. Even the smallest of leaks can cause you to need major water damage repair if you let it go unfixed for enough time. It’s important to keep an eye out for water leaks and fix the problem right away. Here are some things that you can do to find leaks:

Toilets

Toilets are the most common culprit for water leaks. If you hear it running long after the last flush, you should check it out. Try putting food coloring into the tank at the back of your toilet. Leave the toilet alone for about 30 minutes. If the food coloring gets into the tank without flushing it, you have a leak in the toilet, probably by the flapper.

Hot Water Tank

If you know how to remove the drain pipe, this can be one of the easiest ways to check for a leak. If not, listen closely to your hot water tank. If you hear a hissing sound, you probably have a leak. Follow the sound to locate the leak.

Plumbing Fixtures

Listen for hissing sounds or signs of leaks around your other plumbing fixtures. Garden hoses, taps, showerheads, and other plumbing fixtures are prone to leaks and are usually much easier to spot than other types of leaks.

Water Meter

If you’re unsure if the leak is outside or inside of your home, try shutting off the main water valve to your house. Write down the reading on your water meter. Wait 30-60 minutes before checking the meter again. If the number has changed, the leak is somewhere outside of your home.

By taking the time to find leaks as soon as possible, you’ll prevent costly water bills and the need for majorĀ water damage repair. If you find a leak, contact a plumber to help you fix the leak as soon as possible. Then, you can contact LDR Construction Services, Inc., so we can remedy the damage that it caused right away.

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