As a homeowner, it is important to know how to detect certain problems that might occur in your household appliances.
Water leaks that go undetected can sometimes lead to alarmingly high water bills, coupled with the cost needed to repair your leaking appliances.
Read on to find out where and how to check for potential water leaks in your home. Once the leaks have been identified, it is recommended to call for an experienced plumbing service company instead of fixing them yourself as this might worsen the situation.
Checking for a hidden leak:
- Take note of the reading on your home’s water meter.
- Make sure that no one is your house is using any water appliances (e.g. showerheads, toilets, faucets, washing machines)
- After about an hour, go back and check on your water meter’s reading.
- If there is a change in readings when there was no water being used, it indicates that your house has a water leak.
Checking for a toilet leak:
- Put a few drops of food colouring into your toilet’s cistern (the tank that contains water needed to flush)
- Wait for around 30 minutes. Do not flush the toilet.
- If you see coloured water in your toilet bowl, then you have a toilet leak.
- An alternate method is to place a piece of dry toilet paper behind the toilet bowl 10 minutes after flushing. If the toilet paper is wet, you have a toilet leak.
Apart from these, there are also other areas in your house where you can look for signs of a possible leak:
- Leaks in your kitchen – Check your kitchen cabinets joints for moisture by shining a flashlight. To check the floor for a leak, look for mold or any signs of dampness.
- Leaks in your flooring – A leak in your flooring will be cracked due to moisture getting inside.
- Leaks in the walls and ceiling – If there are signs of bubbling or stains on your walls and ceiling, it could mean a piping leakage has occurred.
If you have discovered that your house has a water leak, quickly call for a company capable of all service plumbing. The longer you hold off on this the more serious it could become, and your water bills could exceed to an exorbitant amount.