A leak in your plumbing can be an obvious problem, such as water dripping from the ceiling or a soaked rug, but much of your plumbing is unseen, and a leak may not be easy to spot. To help prevent damage to your home’s structure and higher water bills, watch out for these signs of a hidden water leak.
Check Your Bill
Even if you don’t detect a leak in your system, you will always end up paying for it. A simple way to spot a problem with you plumbing is to keep an eye on your water usage and your water bill. If you notice a consistent rise in your water bill but your family’s water usage habits haven’t changed, it’s a good idea to start looking for a hidden water leak.
People commonly think of water leaks as a problem for the home’s interior, but leaks can happen outside and on other parts of your property. If you notice that your outdoor spigots leak water while the hose is running, replacing the rubber gasket can help you determine if the connections are tight and intact. If you have an irrigation system, investing in a yearly system inspection can keep it functioning properly and prevent unneeded water usage.
Check Your Meter
If you suspect that you have a hidden leak in your plumbing, one easy way to test your system is to check your water meter. To do this, start by turning off your water and watch the meter for a few minutes. If the reading shows movement, this is a sign of a leak that’s losing a significant amount of water. If the meter doesn’t move, leave it for a couple of hours and then check it again. If it has changed despite the water being shut off, this is a sign of a smaller leak somewhere in your plumbing.
All Plumbing Inc. provides professional plumbing services in Arlington, VA . If you suspect you may have a water leak, call us today at (703) 525-7973 to talk to a plumbing contractor or to schedule an inspection so we can find and fix the hidden water leak fast.