One of the most frustrating things about maintaining a plumbing system is how difficult it can be to detect problems with it. Leaks are especially difficult to identify without professional equipment. This is even more problematic when you consider the amount of damage that even a small leak can cause on a long enough timeline. If you know what to look for, though, there are certainly ways that you can identify leaks in the system yourself.
The Water Meter
This is a proactive method for detecting leaks. Turn off all plumbing appliance in your home, and then have a look at your water meter. If the meter is still running, that means that water is still leaving the system. You’re likely to have a leak somewhere in the plumbing, if that’s the case. This is a good method for being able to identify whether or not you need to call for professional checkup services.
Loss of Water Pressure
If a leak is large enough, it can sometimes result in a noticeable loss of water pressure in the system. Any time you open a faucet and notice a marked drop in water pressure, it’s a very good idea to call for repairs as soon as possible. This problem could also be caused by a blockage in the pipes, but it will take a professional inspection to find out for certain.
Keep an eye on your water bills from month to month, and beware if they suddenly start to rise for no apparent reason. Substantially higher water bills, without a related rise in water usage, often indicates that you have a leak in your system somewhere.
Oftentimes the leaks that occur in plumbing systems are too small to actually start causing symptoms like dropping water pressure. Instead, they slowly cause water damage to the area around them over a period of months or years. Once the water damage has become widespread enough, it will be easily visible if you look in the right place. If you notice a wet spot on a wall, floor, or ceiling, don’t just ignore it. That goes double if the spot looks like it’s beginning to mold. This kind of damage is often the most expensive to repair, and it will only get worse if it’s left alone. Call for repairs immediately if you notice this happening.
These are just a few of the possible signs that your plumbing system is having a leak problem. What’s important is that you call for professional services as soon as you suspect that there is an issue with your plumbing. Whether it’s a leak, or some other problem, it will only cause more damage as time goes on. So, if you think that your plumbing system may need some help, consult with a plumber immediately.