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How to Find Hidden Plumbing Leaks

February 21 / 2021

How to Find Hidden Plumbing Leaks

There is no such thing as a harmless leak and the most harmful leaks are the hidden ones. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the average leak can account for 10,000 gallons of wasted water every year. That translates into serious water bill costs. Unfortunately, not all leaks can be detected by the naked eye. The good news is the professionals at Rooter Hero Plumbing of Phoenix are ready to help. We offer leak repairs and have some methods to find hidden plumbing leaks. Continue reading to learn more and call Rooter Hero Plumbing if you have any questions or concerns.

Take A Look at Your Water Bills

Households use roughly the same amount of water each month. There may be slight upticks during the summer or drops in usage during the winter, but the general trend is consistent. Look back through some of your water bills and look for any unexplained spikes in usage. If the water bill is rising but your usage has not change, then That can be a great starting point to finding hidden leaks in your plumbing system.

Test the Water Meter

Your water meter is what measures the amount of water going through the plumbing system. Shut off all faucets and make sure the dishwasher and washing machine are not running. In short, make sure you are not using water for the duration of this test. Once everything is turned off, check the water meter. If the number on the meter is changing, then you have likely got a fast-moving leak. If the meter is not changing, then note the number and check back in a couple of hours. If the number has changed after two hours despite all of the water being off, then you probably have a slow leak.

Perform a Visual Inspection

You might not be able to spot leaks on hidden pipes, but you can catch the signs of water damage. Take a stroll around your home and look for evidence of leaks. Some specific locations to check are beneath sinks and toilets, around the water heater, near the sump pump, around outside hose bibs, and in the basement. You want to pay attention for sounds of water running, water marks, peeling paint, mold, mildew, and odd smells.

Try the Food Dye Test

This test is especially useful to test the toilet, a common culprit for water leaks. Carefully remove the toilet lid and add a few drops of food coloring into the toilet tank. Let it wait for about thirty minutes without flushing the toilet. After thirty minutes is up, check the toilet bowl. If the food coloring has come through the tank and into the toilet bowl, then some of the internal components of the toilet tank likely need to be repaired or replaced.

Call Rooter Hero Plumbing of Phoenix for Repairs

The professional plumbers at Rooter Hero Plumbing of Phoenix are ready to deliver top-quality leak inspections and repairs. Our lines are open 24/7/365. Feel free to call anytime to speak with a live representative and request an emergency dispatch.