10 Ways to Find a Water Leak in Your House

A water leak can take a number of different forms that can be challenging for homeowners to find. Leaks cost homeowners a lot of money each year. However, there are some easy ways that homeowners can find water leaks and thus keep water bills low. Not only that, but it can also prevent plumbers from spending additional time looking for the source of a water leak. 

Leaks can be found in a brief amount of time, and people who adhere to the following list can save themselves both time and money.

1. Look for Drip, Drip, Drip from Faucets

A great place to start when looking for water leaks is to check the water faucets inside the home. Go to the kitchen sink, bathroom sinks and even the laundry room sink. Look for any signs of drips that can be occurring. It can be extremely easy to discount the occasional leak, but one drop of water every four seconds can waste more than 500 gallons of water each year. Therefore, look at the faucets. A worn washer made out of rubber can be the culprit. While looking, be sure that the handles are not using water when turned on. This can indicate that water is leaking. 

2. Hot Water Tank Pressure Relief Valve Leakage

A hot water tank is an amazing unit that keeps water hot, but it can also be a culprit to a water leak. Look for water that has pooled around a water tank because of a leaky valve. This can show that there is a water leak that needs to be addressed. At times, the valves can be directed to go into a drain itself. While this can be a very good thing, it can also be challenging because it can hide a potential leak. If a drainpipe cannot be removed in order to see that there is no leaking going on, listen for a strange sound that can sound like hissing. This can demonstrate that there is a leaking problem. 

3. Stop, Listen and Look for Toilet Leaks

Toilets are notorious for silently allowing gallons of water to be lost each day. To determine whether there is a leak within a toilet, stop and listen. If there is a soft hissing noise, try to identify the source of the hissing. There are times that the hissing is a simple fix, but that may not be the case. If it does not seem like the toilet is losing water, try one final test. Put a few drops of food coloring within the water tank itself and wait at least five minutes. Next, open the toilet bowl to see if there is any food coloring in it. If there is, it can demonstrate that the flapper is leaky. Of course, it is always good to check all the toilets within a home. 

4. Checking the Water Meter for Leaks

A water meter can be a fantastic way to discover if there is a large or small leak that occurs within a home. To begin, turn off all water outside and inside a home. This includes equipment like a dishwasher and irrigation equipment. Once this has been accomplished, write down the water meter reading. Next, wait at least 15 minutes and make sure that no one is using water within the home during that time. After this has been done, take another reading of the water meter. If the meter has recorded water use, it can demonstrate that there is a leak between the home and the meter. A leaky valve can be a culprit for a leak inside a home. 

5. A Sump Pump that is Working Overtime

A sump pump is a marvelous invention that is designed to keep water from entering a home. While it works extremely well during heavy downfalls and the springtime, it is not intended that such a unit be working all the time. If a sump pump is always working no matter what time of season it is, it can show that there is a water leak problem. Pay close attention to the sump pump. If it is constantly working even though there has not been any water within the area for a long time, it can indicate that there is a water leak under or next to the foundation of a home. 

6. Use a Screwdriver to Inspect Hose-Bibs

Before going any further, remember that hose-bibs are the pipes that connect to outside hoses. There are usually two hose-bibs that are found on the exterior of a home. One is usually in the front of a home, and the other hose-bib is in the back. Get a screwdriver and put the tip of it on a piece of metal on the hose-bib. Put the knuckle of the thumb on the top of the screwdriver handle. Finally, put an ear next to the thumb. If there is any type of sound that it makes, it can show that there is a water leak. If both hose-bibs do not make any sound, try using the same screwdriver process to faucets, washers and even a water heater. 

7. Hoses that Run While Off

Many homes have hoses that feature a hand sprayer, nozzle or wand. Each of these units can be quite beneficial, but they can also be a source of a water leak that costs people a lot of money over time. The reason for this is that people may leave a hose running even though the sprayer is off, but there is a leak within the unit itself or the hose is not properly connected. Checking up on these things can put a water leak to rest. 

8. The Simple Pool Check

A small pool leak can add up to a big water bill that may increase each month. Algae in the water, pool deck cracks and damp soil around the pool itself are all indications that a pool is losing water. There is another way to check for a water leak. First, place a bucket that is filled with water on the top step of a pool. Next, mark the level of water within the bucket and the pool. Wait one day and make a new mark of the pool water and the bucket water. If the pool water has dropped more than the bucket water, it can show that there is a leak within the pool. 

9. Listen for Running Water

Another way to find water leak is to listen for running water. Although this is a simple method, it can be very effective to find a leak. One of the best times of day to do this is early in the morning or late at night. Go to a location that is close to the side of a home, such as a bathroom or a basement. Listen carefully for the sound of running water. If there is such a noise, it can indicate that there is a water leak next to the home. 

10. Close Still Matters A Lot

While all these tips can be very beneficial in locating a water leak, keep in mind that it is still difficult to find one. In fact, it may take the skill of a plumbing technician to find it. At the same time, these steps can help point a plumber to where the problem is located. The fact of the matter is that a number of plumbing professionals do not like to search for a water leak issue, and they can be quite appreciative of the investigative work of a homeowner. That being said, going through the steps can save time for the plumber. Furthermore, it can equate into money savings for a homeowner because of a plumber not spending extra time looking for a water leak.