Water leaks in your home may not be a plumbing emergency, but they can waste a significant amount of water and damage ample property, especially when they go undiscovered over time. Should your Marion County home have a minor leak and it appears new, there are several steps to find and repair water leaks before contacting a plumbing professional. Of course, with a significant leak, you’re better off calling a professional immediately after shutting off the main water valve.
Check the Meter
The first step to find and repair water leaks is to check your water meter.
- First, check that all water has been turned off indoors and out.
- Then, take the meter reading.
- Wait 15 minutes, and take another.
If there is a difference between the two, there is likely a leak.
Inspect Your Home
There are several common sources for residential water leaks. You often can find the source with the following steps.
- Inspect faucets and other fixtures, which can waste a great deal of water over time if they’re leaking. Repair methods will vary.
- Check your home’s toilet by listening for hissing or gurgling when not in use. Then, see if the tank water level is above one inch below the overflow tube, a sign that the float or refill valve needs replacement. You can also add food coloring to the tank; if color appears in the bowl after several minutes, the flapper needs repair or replacement.
- Listen for any hissing from your storage-tank water heater tank’s pressure relief valve, which indicates a leak directly into your home’s drain.
- For whole-house humidifiers, check for leaks resulting from refill valve failure. Prevent problems by regularly checking the humidifier when it’s in use (usually winter).
- Inspect taps, irrigation systems, hoses and swimming pools or water features,.
- Check the water line from the meter to your home for consistently muddy areas, and, if present, contact a plumbing professional.
Remember that locating water leaks can be quite difficult, and most leaks can only be properly repaired by a plumbing professional. For expert advice on plumbing and HVAC issues in the Greater Indianapolis area, please contact us at Mowery Heating, Cooling, and Plumbing.
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