Thousands of litres of water get wasted each year due to leaking pipes. Most of this water goes unnoticed by homeowners but within a short period of time, these leaks can have caused you to rack up giant water bills and cause untold damage to your home. To make sure that you do not have leaks in your home, Botanical Plumbing has put together a list of common symptoms. If you do have a leak you should consider contacting a plumber for repair services.
1. Check Your Water Meter
Though your water bill tends to go up in the summer an inexplicably high bill can be the sign of something much more serious. It can start small, creeping up month on month or it may hit suddenly but the easiest way to spot this one is keeping track of your water bill and regularly checking your water meter. To check your water meter you will have to turn off all the water in your house. Shut off all the taps, make sure dishwashers and washing machines are off and then check the meter to see if it begins to change. If it does, you likely have a fast-moving leak. If it does not change immediately, check in again in two hours. If the water meter has changed despite the water all being off you may be dealing with a slower leak. If you have this type of leak you should contact a plumber immediately.
2. Mold and Mildew
Common sense is key when it comes to checking for leaks and one of the major signs is mold and mildew. Make a habit of checking the backs of cupboards and under sinks for signs of mold or any smells that may indicate a leak. Finding these leaks early can save you thousands of dollars in repairs if they can be caught early. A little mold or mildew in a shower can occur any time but finding it outside of the bathroom area, in walls or floors, is not normal unless you have a leaking pipe.
3. Use Some Food Colouring
Food colouring is a great way to find possible leaks. Toilets can account for up to 30% of your water usage so checking regularly that there are no issues is a good idea. Add a few drops of water to your toilet tank and wait around 10 minutes. If when you then check the toilet howl, you see the food dye in there then water is leaking from the tank to your drain without ever flushing, upping your water usage. If this is the case, it is time to get your toilet repaired.
4. Stained Ceilings, Walls, or Floors
If there are visible signs of water coming through your walls, floors or ceiling then it is a good indication that there is a leaking pipe somewhere in your home. This can also give you a good idea of where the leak is coming from. However, before you begin looking to remove the area, it is always a good idea to get a professional in to find the leak. It is extremely important to regularly check for discolouration and marks on the walls if your home is over 25 years old as your plumbing can begin to age and show signs of wear and tear.
If you are worried that you may have a leaking pipe in your home, contact the experts at Botanical Plumbing to help.