How To Detect A Water Leak In Your Home
Can you hear a constant dripping noise but don’t know where it’s coming from? Read our guide as we bring you the tips and tricks for detecting a water leak.
Water leaks are pretty common in every household. In fact, it’s so common that we mostly neglect it until it causes some serious damage.
You must have woken up in the middle of the night several times to the dripping sound of water or noticed random wet patches on the floor. If such water leaks and water damages are left unchecked, it can reduce the valuation of your house.
Also, ignoring water leaks can lead to severe property damage, costing you thousands of dollars. That's why, whenever you see signs of water leaks, try to investigate and find the source of the problem.
This article will highlight the different ways of detecting water leaks in your house. Once you can detect the leak, you can hire professional plumbers and get it fixed as soon as possible.
So, without any dilly-dallying, let’s get going!
You can detect water leaks in the house even if you can’t see any wet patches or dripping faucets by monitoring the water usage regularly. If you notice that the daily water usage has increased without any reason, it’s most likely due to undetected water leakage. You can also contact your water supplier to keep a close tab on the water consumption bills.
If the water pressure in your bathroom or kitchen faucets suddenly drops, it might be due to a water leak. You can try changing the faucets to check if they are working properly. But, if the water pressure doesn’t increase even after changing the faucets, a water leak is the probable answer.
Not only that, but your boiler or hot water heater can also cause water leaks if it’s constantly kept on. However, detecting a leak in the hot water pipe can be tricky because it is underground.
Underground water leaks are hard to detect because the leak doesn’t catch your eye straight away. It takes quite a lot of time for the water to travel from the underground pipe leak to the surface. So, if you notice wet patches or pools of water on the floor, it’s probably because of an underground leak.
Since the water takes time to reach the surface during an underground leakage, the growth of mildew and mould is pretty standard under these circumstances. Hence, the smell of mould and mildew is a clear sign of underground water leaks.
You can also use new-age leak detection tools to monitor underground water leaks. You can either purchase these yourselves or hire a licensed plumber to undertake the job. Hence, it’s a fast and hassle-free solution to detect underground water leaks.
There's no need to panic if you don’t own a leak detecting tool. There are still some effective traditional techniques for detecting a water leak in your house. We've discussed some common spots in your house where leaks are most likely to occur throughout this section. Let’s take a look!
Your boiler or water tank valves are quite prone to water leakage. So, check the boiler valves, and you might be able to detect the leak. But, if there’s no water escaping from the valves, you might have a slow leak. Thus, look for water spots on the floor or try to detect any hissing sound coming from the valves.
However, if you own a central healing water boiler, the leak can indicate some serious water damage. Under such circumstances, don’t try to fix the leak yourself and contact a professional as soon as possible.
Considering how frequently we use toilets, having a leaky toilet is quite common. Plus, fixing a minor water leak is pretty straightforward, and you can do it yourself without hiring any professional help. For instance, changing the washer or fixing the drainage pipe usually doesn’t require guidance from a professional plumber.
However, if you ignore a toilet leak or fail to detect it in time, it can overflow the toilet, causing severe property damage. Thus, if the situation is dire, it’s best to hire emergency plumbing services and get the water leak in your toilet fixed immediately.
Like toilets, showerheads are quite frequently used and are much more prone to water leakage. Old showerheads start to wear down over time, leading to leakage in the shower pipes. You can detect such leaks by the drop in the water pressure of the showerheads.
You can simply clean your showerhead or if that doesn’t work, replace the pipe supplying water to the showerhead with a new pipe. It’s pretty straightforward, so you might not need to hire professional plumbers.
The kitchen and toilet appliances that you use every day are common sources of water leaks in your house. They might get shifted from their actual position or come loose because of frequent usage, causing leaks.
Plus, loose pipes or valves of the appliances can cause continuous dripping of water. Usually, detecting and fixing these water leaks is pretty easy if you regularly check the appliances. Simply make sure that every attachment of the appliances functions properly to avoid water leaks.
If you find a water leak in the house, the first thing you need to do is determine the seriousness of the leak. If it’s a minor leak, you can take care of it yourself. However, immediately contact a professional plumber if a significant water leak can cause property damage.
If the leak is small, you can turn off the water supply to the appliance to get the equipment to fix it. But, in case of a severe leak, you need to turn off the main water supply of your house and wait for the professional plumbers to check the situation.
For assistance with a water leak on your property in the Melbourne area, please contact the experienced team at WP Plumbing. Our advanced leak detection equipment and repair tools will fix your issue quickly and affordably!
Most water leaks are quite easy to fix if you detect them correctly. And after going through our article, we hope you have a better idea regarding the signs of water leakage and where to look to detect water leaks inside the house.
If you have an underground leak, keep your eyes out for damp patches on the floor. The distinctive odour of mould and mildew can also clear signs of underground leakage. But, no matter how severe the leakage is, it’s always better to take immediate actions to avoid any property damage.
And on that note, we bid you farewell. Until next time!
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