Water leaks do not materialize themselves that easily all of the time. They can go unnoticed until you receive your monthly water bill and you notice a fairly or extremely steep increase in the amount that you cannot make sense of. If you have received your water bill this month and it appears to be much higher than it should be then it could possibly mean you have a water leak somewhere around your house. Chances are you haven’t noticed it either yet since you are now in shock of the price of the water bill meaning that finding where the leak is coming from could require quite a bit of investigative work.
If you do not have the time or the willpower to do the investigative work in finding the leak which then may require you needing professional services even after you find it then you can always get in touch with Benjamin Franklin Plumbing. Our Katy Plumbers will do the investigative work for you and find the cause of the leak and take care of it for you promptly. In this article we will go over some of the most common locations for water leaks, where to find them and what causes them.
- Hot Water Heaters – You might be thinking to yourself that if your hot water heater was leaking you would have noticed it sooner. However, this is not always the case. Go to your hot water heater and inspect the pressure relief valve. The valve is often connected directly to a drain and this is why you may not have noticed the leak earlier. If you are not able to determine if it is leaking because you are unable to remove the drain pipe then you can always listen to see if you hear a hissing noise which will determine if it is leaking or not.
- Toilets – One of the most common reasons behind water leaks are the toilets in a home. Check the toilet(s) in your home by first removing the top off of the tank of the toilet. If you see that the water is continuously running then there is your first clue. If you see ripples in the water then the water is being continually fed to the tank. If you want to be extra sure, drop a few drops of food coloring into the tank and wait a few minutes to see if the water in the tank with the food coloring mixes with the water in the bowl of the toilet. The most common problem area in the toilet will be the flapper which is connected to the chain on the handle. The flapper will eventually become brittle due to age and it will not properly seal over the hole that allows water to enter the bowl.
- Meter Line – If you have done checked the toilets, showers, sinks, and hot water heater in the home and found nothing then perhaps the leak is occurring outside of the home. The first thing to do is shut off the valve where water enters your home (if you have one). Then, go inspect the reading on the water meter and wait about 30 minutes then go back to the water meter and inspect the reading again. If the numbers have changed then at some point between the water meter and the shut off valve that goes into the home there will be an underground water leak.
- Hose Bibs – If you found no problem with the water lines then the last place to check will be the hose bibs around the outside of the home. Hose bibs are where you connect the outdoor hoses too. Usually they can be found around the front and back of a home but be sure to check around all the outside areas of your home in case you have more that you were unaware about. Once located, use the metal tip of a screwdriver and place it directly onto the metal part of the hose-bib. Lower your ear to the handle of the screwdriver and listen. Ideally, the screwdriver will work like a stethoscope and you will be able to hear the sounds of wooshing or hissing coming from the hose-bib. This may or may not work. However, if you do hear a faint noise, then continue to the next hose bib to see if the noise gets louder or not. You can also try this method inside your home with faucets.
Chances are if you have a water leak you will be able to find the location and what is causing it with these methods above. However, if you feel you have a water leak and you were not able to ascertain where it is coming from then give Benjamin Franklin Plumbing® of Rosenberg a call and our professional and courteous Katy Plumbers will assist you, locate the leak, and promptly resolve it for you.