Water leaks can be dangerous if you don’t know or see the signs. Even a tiny leak can cause serious damage to your home, and even cost you a lot of money. It is important to locate the source of the leak quickly in order to avoid disaster.

There are several ways to check if you suspect that there is a water leak in your plumbing.

  1. Check for water damage signs. Take the time to inspect your home for evidence of leaks. You can check for leaks in the bathroom, under the sink, around a sump pump and outside hose-bibs. You should be alert for unusual smells or water running in places it shouldn’t.
  2. Look at your water bill. The average household uses roughly the same amount each month or every pay period. If you notice an unexpected or unanticipated increase in your water bills, and your habits don’t change, it could be a sign you have a leak somewhere on your property.
  3. Check your toilets. You may notice that your toilet is not flushing as often as it used to. This is usually due to the flapper being worn and water slowly entering the bowl. You can quickly check this by adding a few drops food coloring to the tank. You should wait 15 minutes before flushing the toilet. If the water is colored, the internal assembly must be replaced or repaired.
  4. Check your water meters. A water meter in your home can tell you if water is running through your pipes, even if you are not aware. Turn off all water-using appliances and faucets. Next, check your water meter to note the reading. Turn off all water, then wait for two hours before checking the meter again. If the reading is not consistent, it could indicate that there has been a leak somewhere.
  5. Don’t forget outside usage. You may lose or use a lot of water depending on the season. Make sure that all irrigation and outside faucets are functioning properly.

Hidden leaks should not be ignored or taken lightly. Although you may be able to find the cause of the problem by yourself, a BIG portion of your plumbing can be found below ground or behind walls.