How to Tell if You Have a Leak in Your Home

pipe-leakOne of the biggest problems that plumbing systems have to deal with is leaks. They’re common, damaging, and often very difficult to detect without professional training or equipment. Just one leak in the wrong place can cause immense amounts of damage before being detected.

Fortunately, there are ways to try and catch leaks early. We recommend scheduling professional preventive maintenance at least once a year, in order to have the best chance of catching leaks in your plumbing. Between those appointments, though, you should follow the tricks below to help catch any leaks that might be lurking in your plumbing.

Monitor Your Monthly Water Bills

It’s always a good idea to keep an eye on your monthly water bills, just because it’s good to know how much you’re spending for utilities. However, monitoring your monthly water bill is also a good way to see if there is a leak in your home. Moderate or large plumbing leaks could easily divert enough water out of the system that it will start to be reflected in your bills. If your water bill is higher than you think it should be, it might be a good idea to call a professional plumber and have them look at the system.

Check Your Water Meter

Somewhat related to the first point, you can see if you have a leak in your plumbing system by turning off all water appliances in your home and checking your water meter. If the meter is not running, then you either have no leaks, or you may have a pinhole leak that is too small to be detected by anything but visual confirmation. If the meter is still running, though, then you probably do have a leak somewhere in the system that needs to be dealt with as quickly as possible.

Visible Water Damage

As we mentioned above, pinhole leaks are a kind of leak commonly found in homes across the country. They’re very small, too small to cause any kind of early warning sign to indicate their presence. So, they often go unnoticed for months until they are either found during a maintenance appointment, or they cause water damage to the area around them. Even one or two drops every few seconds can do a fair bit of damage if repeated over months. If you notice any visible water damage anywhere in your home, it’s a good idea to call a professional plumber to take a look at it. Hopefully, it’s just minor damage that will be easy to fix. You never can tell, though. Sometimes the damage extends far beyond what you can see.

Falling Water Pressure

If the water pressure is falling in your home, that usually means that you either have a leak or a blockage forming in your plumbing system. If the drop in water pressure is substantial enough for you to notice it, then that means the problem is likely substantial as well. Contact a plumber to check out your system as soon as you can if you notice this sign.

Service King Plumbing & HVAC provides a full range of plumbing repair and maintenance services. If you are looking for a plumber in Palatine, IL, we can help you out. Contact us today for an appointment.  

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