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How Do I Know If It’s a Plumbing Leak Problem?

Posted on: May 10th, 2013 by admin

A plumbing leak that goes undetected can lead to much bigger problems. The water will spread, mold will grow, and you will end up with an expensive mess. At the very least, you may notice that your water meter is climbing and that the bill is higher than usual without any explanation.  If you suspect that you have a plumbing leak, it’s important to get to the bottom of it quickly. Follow these steps to help you to identify a water leak in your home.

  1. First, check your hot water tank by looking at the pressure relief valve. In some cases, the valve runs directly into a drain; in this situation, the valve could be leaking and you wouldn’t know it. Also, listen for a hissing sound. This sound is a good indication of a leak that isn’t visible.
  2. Next, check your toilets. Take the lid off the tank, and listen for that hissing noise again. If you hear something, you can try to isolate the source by adding food coloring to the water in the tank. If the food coloring shows up in the toilet bowl, that means that you have a leak in the flapper. The flapper can be replaced easily and inexpensively.
  3. You should also check your water meter. To do so, you need to turn off the shut-off valve on the side of the house. Then take the lid off the meter, and watch the dial. If the meter continues to move while the shut-off valve is turned to off, that means that you have a leak somewhere between the meter and the house. Wet, muddy areas outside and spots of grass that are noticeably greener than the rest of the lawn will confirm the leak. However, if the meter stops moving when you turn off the shut-off valve, that means that the leak is located somewhere inside the house.
  4. Check your hose bibs. Don’t know what that is? It’s the faucet thing that you screw your garden hose onto. Go to each hose bib, and listen for any noise coming from them. This can help you to determine the location of the leak. If you know where the leak is, you’ll save time and money on a plumber.
  5. Check outdoor water sources, like hoses or irrigation in the garden or your swimming pool.

These five steps can help you to identify a plumbing leak problem in your home. If you can’t find the leak, or if you do find the leak and need the help of a professional plumber to fix it, call Orange County Plumbing. We have been providing plumbing service in Orange County for over 30 years, and we know how important the care of your home and its plumbing is to you. We are available around the clock, and we promise to be at your home within an hour of your call to fix the problem. Call Orange County Plumbing, and we will repair your plumbing leak promptly and affordably.

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