Leaks which cause the most damage to American homes are those which are notoriously difficult to detect.
A leaking faucet or a leak in an exposed pipe is easy to identify. However, leaks in pipes hidden behind ceilings, drywall, and in basement slabs, can persist for years undetected. Thankfully, there are a few DIY ways to detect hidden leaks.
- Carefully monitor your water meter and water bills. A spike in water consumption over a sustained period will almost always be indicative of a hidden leak on a property.
- Investigate damp, mold, and yellow stains on drywall areas as soon as they appear.
- Test to see if a toilet is running by adding food coloring to your toilet tank.
- Always be on the lookout for peeling wallpaper, damp smells, and damaged flooring.
Modern plumbers use specialized leak detection equipment to detect leaks in even hard to reach foundation slabs. In most cases, plumbers will also be able to neutralize leaks which are detected quickly.
Are you pouring water down the drain? If so, make sure to act fast to avoid spiraling repair costs by seeking professional help today.