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Leak Detection: Do You Have A Plumbing Problem?

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You hear a drip, a wall is wet, or your water bill is suddenly spiking. These are all signs of a possible leak. Knowing that you may have a leak isn't enough on its own. You need to stop the problem ASAP. And that means getting to the source of the leak.

While there are times when a leak is obvious, you may also have a sneaky plumbing problem that isn't exactly noticeable. How can you determine whether you have a leak or not, and figure out where in your home it's coming from? Take a look at some of the simplest ways to detect leaks. Not only will know what to look for (and where to look for it) give you peace of mind, but it can also save you time when it comes to calling in the plumbing pros.

Look and Listen

One of the easiest ways to detect a leak is through your senses. Again, not all leaks are obvious or clearly visible. Here's where your sense of hearing comes into play. Along with looking for water spilling onto the floor or near a fixture, you also need to listen. If you hear a drip, drip, drip coming from the kitchen or bathroom faucet, something isn't right.

Now that you've found the source, it's time to get an expert opinion. There are several potential causes for this type of faucet leak. A plumber can diagnose the precise cause (such as a worn washer) and help you to fix it. Even a small leak can turn into something major. Letting a leak go unchecked can cause your fixtures to corrode, nearby wood to rot or mold to grow. Along with home damage, a plumbing leak wastes water. Not only is this harmful to the environment, but it can also hurt your monthly utility budget too.

If your bathroom faucet leaks as little as one drip per second, it can waste over 3,000 gallons of water annually, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  A showerhead that leaks 10 drips every minute for a year will waste over 500 gallons of water. Not only is this wasteful, but it costs you money that you don't need to spend.

Along with looking and listening for leaks in visible plumbing fixtures, you can also listen for drips coming from hidden areas. For example, a leak in an under the bathroom sink pipe isn't visible but is something that you can hear.

Watch the Toilet

Your toilet is running. But no one flushed it. This is a major clue that you've got a leak. A toilet that randomly runs or doesn't turn off after you flush it most likely has a leak. Even though you can't see the leak, you're still wasting water.

If you suspect that your toilet is leaking, take the lid off and put a drop or two of dark food coloring into the tank. Don't flush the toilet. Instead, wait for at least half an hour and check the bowl. If the color is coming through, you have a leak.

Read the Meter

Checking your home's water meter is an easy way to assess if there is a leak. Keep in mind, this strategy will tell you if you're losing water, but won't show you where. You'll need to look, listen and call a plumber for a complete detection.

Find your home's water meter. Read the meter. Don't use any water for the next few hours. Go back and take another reading. If it shows water usage, and you're absolutely sure that no one has used any water, you have a leak.

Do you suspect a plumbing leak? Get it taken care of ASAP to stop potential damage and keep your water bills under control. If you have a leak, 1A Florida Plumbing, Inc. can help.