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How To Detect A Water Leak

Many homeowners worry about possible leaks in their plumbing when they go off to work or when they take a vacation away from home. What if the water heater starts leaking and the garage floods? What if the pipes spring a leak?

Tracing a leak in your home’s plumbing can be tricky, but it is necessary to avoid the potential damage that leaking pipes can cause. Finding the source of the leak depends largely on the type of leak you have. A leaking pipe under your sink is easier to find than one that is blocked by ceilings or walls. Early detection of a water leak can save you money and avert potential disaster. If you think you may have a leak, follow the steps below to confirm and identify its source.

Check Your Water Meter

One of the best ways to tell if you have a leak in some part of your plumbing is to check the water meter. To do this, you will first need to turn off all the water in your home. Shut off all faucets, and make sure the dishwasher and washing machine are not running. Next, watch the small white triangle in the center of the meter to see if it is moving. If it does, you likely have a fast-moving leak. If the meter doesn't change immediately, wait two hours and check it again. If it has moved despite all the water being off, you may be dealing with a slower leak. The leak could be anywhere after the meter, or even underground.

Check Exterior Usage

Leaks don't just happen inside the home; they occur outside as well. Check your outside spigots by attaching a garden hose; if water seeps through the connection while the hose is running, replace the rubber hose gasket and check to see all connections are tight. Consider calling a professional once a year to check your irrigation system if you have one. A system with even a small leak could be wasting thousands of gallons of water per month.

One Call Florida Plumbing is always here to help. Give us a call and we'll track the leak down for you and make any necessary repairs.

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