There are times when a homeowner knows without a doubt that the skilled services of a plumber are urgently needed in a home. For example, when water is gushing across the floor due to a sewage backup or a burst pipe, most homeowners will not hesitate to pick up the phone and call a plumber for emergency repair service. However, there are other times when a homeowner may not be certain if plumber services are needed. While leaky pipes inevitably will require repair by a skilled plumbing expert, smaller leaks or leaks deep inside the walls of the home can be difficult to detect. There are some signs to look for that may indicate a leak.
Increased Water Bills
One way to detect a slow water leak is to review your previous water bills. Water consumption in a home can vary seasonally due to outdoor watering demands, so it may be necessary to review water bills over the last year. Your utility company may be able to provide you with a statement showing historical water consumption if you do not have the previous statements on hand. While a slow leak may not result in considerable water waste on a daily basis, the amount of water wasted over a month’s time can be dramatic. Therefore, look for a sudden uptick in water consumption that cannot be explained by your own usage. If you see a change in water consumption that is unexplained, you may contact a plumber.
As you go about your busy daily life, it is easy to overlook certain details that may indicate a water leak, but a detailed inspection may be revealing. For example, you may detect a slow leak by walking through your home and standing still in each room for a few minutes. In silence, listen for a slow dripping sound. In each room, open cabinets and closet doors to inspect the floors, walls and ceilings for moisture or warping. Walk around the exterior of the home and look for areas of the yard that appear to be more lush, green or moist than others. These observations may indicate a slow leak that is not visible.
A leaky pipe should be repaired by a plumber as soon as possible. Even a slow leak can result in tremendous water waste, and they may also cause water damage and lead to mold growth. A plumber will use advanced detection equipment to determine the presence of a leak.