How to Trace a Plumbing Leak

From constant drips to unseen drops, leaking plumbing is a source of wasted water as well as money, especially the longer a leak goes undetected or unaddressed. While some leaks are easy to identify, others may be hidden. You might suspect a plumbing leak if your water bill goes up without reason. Leaks can lead to serious damage and costly repairs, as well as the formation of hazardous mold and mildew. We have some tips for tracing a plumbing leak once and for all to help keep your home dry and water conserved.

Visual Inspection
Of course, you can look around your home and see for yourself if a plumbing fixture is leaking. Don’t forget to check under the sink and any outdoor faucets, too. Call for an experienced plumber at the first sign of a leak.

Toilet Leaks
Toilet leaks can waste a significant amount of water each day. You can look for certain signs, like rippling water in the bowl or running water, and conduct a test to see if your toilet is indeed leaking. Place a drop or two of food coloring in your toilet tank. If any color shows up in the bowl after 15 minutes, there’s a leak.

Water Meter
When all else fails, check your water meter. During a period of no water use, check the water meter before and after to see if there are any changes. If there are, you likely have a leak.

Water Damage
Water damage is a good indication of unseen plumbing leaks, such as from the shower or toilet base. Chipping paint or loosening wallpaper may be due to moisture accumulation from a leaking pipe. Look for water stains on walls and floors, and ceilings where there may be leaks from above. Mold and mildew may also begin to form in the presence of a moist environment, when water accumulates and never dries. Any of these signs of damage should be addressed right away, as they can cause damage to your home and pose health risks.

Pittsburgh Plumbing Experts
If you’re having trouble tracing a leak, Gillece Plumbers are the experts at finding and fixing leaks throughout your home and preventing them from returning. The sooner your plumbing problem is addressed, the less water that will be wasted, and the lower the risk of damage. Call today to eliminate pesky plumbing leaks for good!