When your plumbing is working as it should, it’s easy to forget about it—especially because much of the system exists out of sight. However, because much of your piping exists beneath your home, within the walls, or under cabinetry, it makes it more difficult for you to detect when there is a problem. A leak that remains undetected can lead to disastrous property damage due to excess water and the potential for mold and mildew growth. At Carter Services, our Torrance plumbers have put together some tips to help you find hidden plumbing leaks so you can call us for repairs before it becomes too late.
Examine Your Water Bill
Much of your water use becomes habitual after a while and you should be paying roughly the same amount each month for your water. However, if you notice any sudden increases that cannot be explained by additional usage, it’s quite possible you have a hidden leak.
Check for Signs of Water Damage
Because hidden leaks can occur unexpectedly, we recommend that you get in the habit of inspecting your property from time to time.
We recommend that you check the following places for evidence of water damage:
- Near where you store your water heater
- Around your sump pump
- In areas where pipes are visible
- Underneath cabinetry or a vanity beneath a sink
- Where your outside hose bib is
If water damage is present, you may also notice mold and/or mildew or smell a foul or musky odor. You might also be able to hear the sound of water running where it shouldn’t be.
Perform a Water Meter Test
One of the easiest ways to determine whether you have a hidden leak on your property is to test your water meter. Turn off all appliances in that use water and make sure you don’t have any faucets running. Locate your water meter and record the reading on it. Continue to leave everything off for a minimum of two hours and then go back and see the meter reading. If it’s a noticeable difference, chances are you have a hidden plumbing leak.
Monitor Your Outside Usage
As the seasons change, you might use more water to keep your yard lush and green and your flowers blooming. However, it’s important to routinely ensure that your sprinkler or irrigation system is working properly and that any outside faucets are completely off. This way you’re not wasting any water.
Do the Toilet Food Coloring Test
Are you kept up at night because your toilet continues to run? If you’ve noticed your toilet randomly refills, especially when it’s not in use, it could mean you have a defective flapper tank and water will leak into the bowl. Fortunately, there’s an easy (and kind of fun!) way to test whether you’re dealing with this issue. Grab some food coloring and add a few drops into your toilet’s tank. Wait 15 minutes and then check to see whether the water in the bowl is colored. If it is, you have a leak within your toilet and the internal assembly will need to be repaired or replaced.
If you suspect you have a hidden leak, our expert Torrance plumbers at Carter Services will be able to assist you. Give us a call at (310) 872-1898 or contact us online to schedule service.