Did you almost throw a fit like a child when you received your most recent water bill because it was increasingly higher than usual? If so, it may be an indication that you have a plumbing leak somewhere in your home. While you can easily check the pipes beneath the sinks and faucets for leaks, it can be extremely difficult to check the plumbing behind the walls. Unfortunately, these pipes are the ones that can do the most damage if there is a leak. So, to protect your home from water damage and potential mold, it is important that you act as quickly as possible to determine if there is a leak and phone a professional plumber for necessary repairs. Here is what you need to do.
Shut Off the Appliances That Use Water
The first thing that you need to do is turn off any water-using appliance in the home, such as the washing machine and dishwasher. If you have a refrigerator with a water filtration system or an icemaker, then these systems will need to be disconnected. Taking this step will ensure that the leak does not continue as you continue your search for the problem.
Take a Look at Your Water Meter
Generally, your water meter is located outside the house near a faucet or tap, or it may be located near the street. It is likely covered with a plastic case for protection against the elements. Once the water meter has been located, write down the white and black numbers for future reference.
Wait Several Hours
This step may be a little difficult, as you will need to wait a few hours. During this time, you cannot use any water inside the home, so it may be a good idea to go somewhere and have some fun. Go see a movie, go bowling, or just run some errands that you have been putting off for some time. Whatever will keep you out of the house for three to four hours so that you do not accidentally use a drop of water, do it.
Check the Water Meter Again
After several hours have passed, take a look at the water meter again. If the numbers are not the same as they were before when you wrote them down, then you definitely have a leak in your home somewhere. If you have noticed a faucet leaking or water pooling beneath a sink, then that may be the culprit. If you have not, then the leak may behind the walls or under the floors, and a professional plumber will need to be contacted for the plumbing leak detection and necessary repairs.