A small leak can lead to a bigger one, and water damage can be devastating for your home. What’s tricky is that leaky pipes can often go unnoticed – sometimes for months – because they are behind walls or other places you can’t see them. In this post, we’ll explore some ways you can identify hidden leaks before they get out of control.
If you have water dripping or massive water stains on a ceiling or wall, that’s easy. You know you’ve got a leak. But what if you don’t know where the leak is coming from? For instance, sometimes the water in your toilet tank can leak into the bowl and cost you a lot of money in wasted water. To test for this, drop some food coloring in the tank and wait for 5 to 10 minutes. The coloring should NOT show up in the toilet bowl – if it does, you have a leak.
FIND THE SOURCE
Unfortunately, identifying the source of a leak isn’t always that easy. If your water bill has spiked unexpectedly, you can start by checking any exposed plumbing inside or outside your home. That includes looking underneath and kitchen sinks, the water heater, washing machine, fridge, as well as garden houses. Check your water meter, too – if everything’s turned off, the meter should not be registering.
CALL A PRO
If you suspect a leak and don’t know where it’s coming from, call a professional. The experts at The Bosworth Company have the equipment and know-how to pinpoint the location of hidden leaks with little to no intrusion of your property. A DIY project of breaking through walls is NOT recommended. A broken or damaged pipe can cost you thousands if left unchecked.
And remember that all pipes will eventually break down over time, so it’s a good idea to get them periodically checked to make sure they’re maintaining structural integrity.