How to Detect a Plumbing Leak

Even a small plumbing leak can lead to significant water waste (and wasted money) over time. While it may be easy to notice that you need to fix your leaky kitchen faucet, not all home plumbing leaks are just as easy to find. These tips below will help you detect those sneaky plumbing leaks in your home.

How to Detect a Plumbing Leak:

Use Your Water Meter

One of the best ways to check if you have a hidden plumbing leak is to first check your water meter. After you’ve located the meter, take note of the reading. Then, wait one or two hours. Take another meter reading. If the meter reading has changed and you haven’t used any water in your home, you have a hidden leak.

Check for Hidden Toilet Leaks

Even a small toilet leak can lead to significant water waste over time. Remove your tank lid and place a few drops of food coloring in the back of the tank. Wait about thirty minutes and then come back to your toilet. Check the toilet bowl to see if any colored water has leaked from the tank into the bowl. If you see the color coming through, you have a leak.

Look for Signs of Water Damage

In more obvious cases, you’ll want to look out for signs of water damage, mold, mildew and warped floors or walls. These are all signs that a hidden plumbing pipe is leaking.

If you have any home plumbing leaks, do not hesitate to give our professional technicians here at Barker & Sons a call! We are here to help you with all of your home plumbing needs.