Leaks in your piping are often difficult to detect. Typically, homeowners will not notice leaks until substantial water damage has happened, which means spending a significant amount of money to make repairs or replace your entire system.
While a licensed plumber can help you determine exactly where the leak is located, you can still identify when a leak is present. To prevent leaks from occurring, have a professional inspect your pipes at least once a year.
The following are clear indications that you have a leak in your pipes:
- Running water meter. An effective way to find out if you have a leak is by shutting off your all water-based appliances at home, then checking the water meter. If the water meter is still running even though no water is being used, it means that water is being wasted somewhere and somehow, such as a leak.
- Increased water bill. If you are using the same amount every month but notice your water bills are getting higher and higher, it may be a sign that you have a leak that is wasting a significant amount of water.
- Decrease in water pressure. If the water pressure of your home is low and continues to drop, it could either mean that you have a leak, or your pipes are clogged.
Once you determine that a leak exists in your piping system, call a licensed plumber right away to take care of it. The longer you wait, the more damage will occur and the more money you will eventually have to spend.