There are many signs you can look for to know that you have a plumbing leak, three of which are listed below. You will also find information below about using leak detection to find the leak before the water causes a lot of damage to your home.
Signs of a Water Leak
One of the most common signs that you have a water leak is your water bill being much higher than it normally is. If you have past water bills, compare them to this one to see how much of an increase there is. Of course, if there have been changes to your family, such as someone moved in with you, you will have an increase, so this is something to consider.
Go outside and look at your water meter. If it is ticking but there is no water being used in your house, then this is another sign that you have a leak. A water meter will tick when the water is turned on, such as at the kitchen faucet or the shower.
You may also see mold and mildew growing in different areas of your home. This is especially true in bathrooms, particularly on the ceilings, floors, etc. You will also smell a musty odor in your home.
Using Leak Detection
If you notice these signs you need to contact a plumber. This professional can use leak detection to help them determine where the water leak is coming from. You can also find companies that offer leak detection services.
A plumber uses acoustic listening devices to help them. This includes using listening discs and microphones. This allows the plumber to hear if there is any water dripping through plumbing pipes. The plumber may also use heat scanners if they are not able to hear anything. These scanners show any change in temperature. For example, if there is escaping water, the temperature around it will generally be much lower.
Another common type of leak detection is using a video to inspect your plumbing pipes. The tool used is a tiny camera that is connected to a long cable. The cable is slowly put into the pipe and the camera captures images. These images will show the plumber where water is leaking. This also allows the plumber to determine if you have any plumbing pipes that need to be replaced, such as pipes that are starting to deteriorate.
Talk to the plumber or leak detection service and they can give you much more information.
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