How to Find a Leak
Do you know how to tell if you have a leaky pipe or leaking faucet? Not sure how to perform Charlotte leak detection in your own home? If your water bill spiked or you suspect you have a leak somewhere, follow the advice of this Charlotte plumber. Here at ER Plumbing, we’ve got decades of experience finding leaky pipes and fixing leaky faucets and appliances. We know how to find a leak and provide quick, easy fixes.
How to Check for a Leaky Toilet
Leaky toilets are easy to overlook. You might notice that the toilet is leaking a tiny bit of water all day long, or you might wonder why your toilet seems to flush on its own every once in a while. These are signs of a leaky toilet, and they are easy to overlook.
First, check around the outside of the toilet. Are you seeing water collecting around the base of the toilet? Look for loose washers or connections. You may have a cracked connection or need to tighten something. Try to identify exactly where the drips are coming from. Use paper towels to find out where the leak is originating.
If you aren’t seeing water outside of the toilet, check for the silent but expensive leaking through a loose flap or problem inside the tank. Put a couple of drops of food coloring in the tank and then check the toilet bowl in half an hour. If the water is still clear in the toilet bowl, you don’t have a leak. If the water in the toilet bowl is colored at all, you have a leak.
How to Check the Pipes Underneath Your Sinks
Look for strange odors, unexplained dampness, damaged wood, or mold under sinks. Use a paper towel to identify exactly where the leak is coming from.
How to Check Under Tubs and Showers
Look for signs of water damage on drywall, ceilings (under bathrooms), and flooring. Listen for the sounds of dripping.
How to Check Behind and Under Appliances
Move appliances and look for signs of water damage from time to time. Check joints and points of connection for loose or cracked washers.
Don’t ignore leaky faucets or shower heads; the steady dripping will cost you more than it will cost to replace it. If you aren’t sure how to change out a leaky faucet, have a plumber help you out.
Unfortunately, most leaks happen in places you can’t see them. Under concrete, behind drywall, in crawl spaces, underground… these are just a few of the places we find leaks. You may have an idea that you have a leak somewhere because you’ve noticed:
- Water bill spikes
- Soggy patch in your yard
- Sinkhole developing in your yard
- Water damage in one small part of your home
We use smoke leak detection devices to locate the leak no matter where it is. Then we use our in-house equipment to immediately fix your leak right away. That way, we minimize the expense and even the cost of time for you.
How Important is Leak Detection?
It’s obvious that major leaks will cost you major money, but minor leaks cost homeowners up to hundreds of dollars. That’s because even a hairline crack or intermittent drip can waste gallons of water, causing your water bill to skyrocket. You may have been meaning to get that leak looked at for months, not realizing how much money you are flushing down the drain.
Need Charlotte Plumbing Services?
Are you interested in more information about slab leak detection? Still unsure how to find a leak on your own? Looking to fix a leaky faucet? Need assistance or advice regarding leaky plumbing?
E.R. Services is open 24/7, 365 days a year. You don’t need to take time off work or wait until the morning because we never charge extra for nights or weekends. Just give us a call at 704-269-1066 or use our online contact form.
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Quick question & answer: How can I tell if I have a hidden leak?
You can tell if you have a hidden leak in several different ways. Water bill spikes, a soggy patch in your yard, a sinkhole developing in your yard, or water damage in one small part of your home are indications of hidden leaks. Hidden leaks can occur under concrete, behind drywall, in crawl spaces, or even underground.