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4 Signs That Your Water Pipe Is Leaking

Oct 28th 2015 at 2:24 AM

A water pipe that is leaking can get quite expensive if left unattended. Your water company may even alert you that you have a leak based on meter readings and comparing against average use. Even if they don’t contact you, if your bill is much higher one month and you know you haven’t used more water than usual, that could be the first sign of a leak in one or more of your water pipes.

You want to try and discover the leaks yourself. If you hire a plumber to do it, keep in mind that they usually charge by the hour. It can take some time to find out where the leaks are occurring. That will eat up the bill and in most cases you should be able to find those leaks yourself.

The next sign is to listen for any kind of hissing noise that may be happening at a suspected leak. If you suspect it is a toilet, there is a really easy way to detect a leak. Simply put a couple of drops of food coloring in the tank of the toilet and wait several minutes. When that time passes, if the color seeps into the toilet bowl, then the leak is happening there.

A third sign to look for is if there is a drop in the water pressure. Before jumping to conclusion though, call your water company first to make sure they aren’t currently working on the line. Often when there is a water main burst in your area, that could cause pressure drops either from the burst or from the water company themselves when fixing it. If you find out that no work is being done, then you will know that there is a leak somewhere in your home.

The next sign is when you see small puddles on your floor or if the walls or ceilings have wet spots. Although wet spots such as these on the walls and ceilings can also be due to water coming in from the outside when it rains, it is still something that should be checked out, especially if some of the other signs have been brought to your attention.

After you make a determination, you will have to decide whether you want to fix the leaks yourself or if you want to hire a professional plumber. If you are familiar with plumbing, then you should be okay to do it yourself. However, if you are not comfortable with plumbing work, hiring a plumber is likely to be a wise decision. Click on plumbing service in Carlsbad to find a qualified professional.

About the Author:

Bob puts his many years of plumbing experience to good use by writing on various plumbing topics on his blog at quick plumbing tips on Livejournal blog.

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