Detecting water leaks in your home can be tricky. Except for obvious leaks which can be spotted easily, it is sometimes hard to identify the source of water leaks, especially when the plumbing work is hidden, underground, or behind walls.
However, knowing the tell-tale signs to look for and where to look are vital when it comes to quickly spotting and repairing leaks.
Early leak detection can save you a ton of money both in terms of your water bill and the cost of water damage repairs.
Here are eight tell-tale signs you have a leak in your home.
Unusual Water Bill
When your water bill becomes unexpectedly high without any reason, that could be a pointer there is a leak somewhere.
You may want to check indoors thoroughly and your premises to see if you can spot anything unusual.
If you are not sure what the signs of a leak are or where to look for them, you may want to consider hiring a professional service like Newcastle Plumbing to help uncover the leaks and repair them before they get worse.
Listen for Unusual Sound When Water is Running
Unusual sounds like hissing, gurgling, and dripping can signal a leak somewhere in your plumbing.
According to SA Water Authority, the most common household leaks can waste up to 260 litres of water per day.
This means, ignoring the faucet drips can quickly add up costing you in higher water bills and potential damage to your house.
Discolouration on Ceilings
Patches on the ceiling are indicators of a leaky roof or non-insulated pipelines with condensation.
Spotting leaks this way, while a little late, can lead to more serious damages if ignored. The patches indicate that water must have been there for a long time.
And, that the water may have seeped into the wood used in the roofing. You may want to repair the leak to avoid further damage quickly.
Dampness on Walls
Damp walls or walls with cracks or peeling paint are all tale-tell signs of a water leak. Wet walls or spongy floors where nothing has been spilled could also be a sign that there may be a leak in pipes under the floor or behind the walls.
Reduced Water Pressure
Low water pressure might be a sign of something more serious or nothing at all. The rule of thumb to help you narrow down the cause of the low pressure is to check the water pressure in other parts of your home.
If the water pressure in the other sinks is forceful, then it could be a clogged aerator. Simply, remove the aerator and clean it out.
However, if cleaning the aerator did not solve the low water pressure issue, you may have a much bigger problem.
Your water pressure often falls when someone is running tap in the house, or you are losing water through a cracked or broken pipe.
So, you may want to call in a professional plumber to trace the plumbing work and identify the cause of low pressure.
Mould thrives in damp, wet environments. The appearance of mould on walls or spots can only mean one thing – there is a leak around there or poor air quality.
You want to move quickly and fast to get rid of the mould before it becomes harmful. Then, move to identify and eliminate the elements that made it possible for the mould to appear in the first place.
As mentioned earlier, mould thrives in a humid environment which a leaky pipe could have provided.
So, you may want to trace the piping to be sure there is no cracked or broken plumbing anywhere.
Gauge Water Meter Readings
This is probably the quickest method to check whether there is a water leak in your home. Take a reading of your water meter and wait for a couple of hours.
Then take a second reading. Compare the two readings. If you see any change, the odds are high, your pipe is leaky. Be sure though, no one was in the house or using the water between the two readings.
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