Identifying a water leakage

Do you have loose tiles or bent flooring near your bathtub or toilet? Do you notice peeling paint or wallpaper? Are there any wet spots or mold spots on the ceiling beneath water sources such as toilets, sinks, or bathtubs? Are the screws connecting your toilet to the subfloor tightly attached to the floor? Do you spot any water stains or some dampness inside your kitchen cabinetry? Any of these sights may be the result of a water leak.

While toilets and faucets are two of the most common leaks, they can cause a significant amount of wasted water and wasted money if their leaks are not tended to. Methods to identify a potential water leak should be performed when you believe there is a possibility of a leak.

shutterstock_1520640141- Use a water meter if you believe you have a leak somewhere in your plumbing system. Make sure that no water sources are turned on while examining the water meter. If the leak indicator is moving on the water meter, you probably have a leak. For those who need help identifying the leak indicator, it is typically a triangular-shaped dial or a wheel that rotates as water flows through.

shutterstock_5873730982- Take the meter reading a second time an hour or two later. If the reading is significantly different than the first reading, you have a leak.

shutterstock_4237372333- Determine if the leak is outside or inside of your home by shutting of the water of the main valve. The main valve is usually in the basement or garage of a home.

shutterstock_587946095 copy4- Do not use water during this entire process of determining where the leak is. The leak is inside of the home if the leak indicator’s readings stop changing. You know that the leak is between the home and the meter and outside if the indicator continues to change.

shutterstock_3605414725- If you are unable to locate the specific source of the water leak, it is suggested that you get into contact with a plumber.

shutterstock_7113726316- After locating the leak, determine the source of the leak. Do you have a leaky faucet, toilet, or wastewater source? Some leaks, such as wastewater leaks, are not often noticed. You can discover the source of these leaks by searching for wet marks or discolored stains on your walls, floors, and ceilings. Be sure to check the surrounding areas for additional leaks because the first noticed damage is usually not the only damage caused.

Whether you have a leaky faucet, shower, or valve, these are all easy to fix. Although some leaks can be difficult to locate, a plumber can always help finding a leak and getting it fixed. If you need assistance with instructions or finding the correct tools and replacement parts, visit to locate the right professional in your area.

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