Updated: Sep 14, 2022
A plumbing leak is one of the most common issues which costs thousands of dollars per year in the United State. If homeowners don't see the signs to detect a water leak in a short time, it can turn into a huge problem. According to the EPA, the average household’s leaks can account for nearly 10,000 gallons of wasted water each year, and ten percent of homes leak 90 gallons or more per day.
1. The meter reading has changed when you don't use any water.
You have to make sure no water is being used inside or outside of your house. After no water running, you need to take an initial meter reading, then wait one or two hours and take another meter reading. If the reading has changed, you have a water leak somewhere.
2. Toilet bowl change another color when put food coloring into the toilet tank
It's easy to determine a leaking toilet. You need to take off the tank lid and insert a few drops of food coloring into the toilet tank. After 30 minutes (without flushing), if the toilet bowl has any presence of color, there may be leakage around the flapper valve
3. Mold appears in your home
There are a large number of reasons for mold growth. It can be a flooding issue, leaky roofs, building maintenance, or indoor-plumbing problems. If there’s a leak somewhere (check again by using the water meter) in your house, it's necessary to call a plumber to inspect your plumbing system.
4. Your water bill is higher than usual, but your water use habits haven't changed
The most common cause of a high water bill is running water from the plumbing system; Therefore, homeowners can find leaks which is easy to detect, such as a dripping faucet or running toilet. For important leaks, you should contact an experienced plumber to help protect your home from potential plumbing problems and water damage.
5. The back yard have any wet or soggy spots (a Water Leak Outside Your Home)
Water leaks don't occur inside your home, but also happen in your backyard. If you find any wet or soggy spots in the yard, or possibly a wet sidewalk. These are telltale signs of a water leak in the yard. After that, you should determine whether the leak is coming from your main water line or your irrigation system. If the soggy spot is nowhere near your main water line, the leak may be on the irrigation system
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