Detecting a Water Leak in Your Home

Water leaks are serious issues that need to be fixed as soon as possible. People underestimate just how costly they can actually get. In order to detect a leak, follow these 3 simple ways to detect a leak. If they still do not help, you may want to contact a plumber in case a bigger issue exists.

Water Meters

Water meters detect how much water is being used in your home, mainly for billing purposes. To be able to detect a leak this way, you will first need to make sure that no water in your house is being used on both the inside and the outside. The best way to do this is to locate your home’s main shut off valve and shut the water off there.

The valve will most likely be in your home’s basement or garage. After this, you will want to find exactly where your water meter is on your home and check the leak indicator and see if it is moving. Depending on your meter, the indicator could be a small wheel that is silver in color, or triangular shaped dial. If the dial is moving, chances are that you have a leak. Also using your meter, you can take a reading, then reread in about one and a half hours; if the reading is different, you have a water leak.

Leaky Faucets

Faucet leaks are a highly common incident and are fairly easy to fix. Some may think that a little faucet leak cannot get too expensive. Put it into this perspective; if a faucet or tub was to drip slowly with one drip occurring every two seconds, it would waste more than 1,000 gallons of water a year. Spare your money and get this fixed as soon as possible.

The repairs that are necessary to fix your faucet or tub depends on the type of faucet/tub you have, so it may take a little time to find the right type for your home. Each faucet and tub has unique ways too repair them. If you have knowledge of tools and minor home repairs, you should be able to fix a minor leak in your sink or tub.

Dye Test

A toilet leak is yet another common source of leaking in a home. Toilet leaks, however mostly go unnoticed because they are out of view and silent. Large toilet leaks can be heard, however; the valve almost constantly puts off a gurgling or hissing sound when the toilet is not being used. Remove the tank lid to begin to look for leaks.

You can do a simple dye test to check for leaks; place a couple drops of food coloring in the tank water in order to give it color. If the colored water appears in the bowl within 15 minuter, there is a leak in the flapper valve.

If you are sure of a water leak in your home and one of the above 3 causes are not it, you may want to contact a plumber in case of a bigger leak that cannot be detected.

Call Isley Plumbing at (317) 420-4006today to get your Westfield, IN system checked out by a professional plumber!