When you suspect you may have a leak in your plumbing, you definitely want to confirm that suspicion as soon as possible so that it can be repaired before it turns into a catastrophe. It is important as a homeowner to understand how to detect leaky pipes supplying your Sacramento-area home. Here we will discuss a few low-tech methods for determining whether or not you have a leak.
- Listen closely – First shut off your home’s water supply valve(s). Asking someone to turn off and on the water supply as you inspect areas that are suspicious. Listen carefully in each area for the sound of dripping or flowing water. A leaky pipe could be anywhere, the kitchen, bathroom, or even under the house. If you do discover a leak in a place you can access, you may be able to slow it down temporarily by patching it (duct tape, perhaps?). Then call the plumbers at Clarke & Rush for guidance.
- Watch the meter – Again, turn off the water supply to your home, including behind toilets. Find the water meter, which will be on an outside perimeter wall of your home. Look at the number on the display If those numbers are still rising with the water shut off, then you have just confirmed a leak. We advise calling a professional plumber in this scenario.
- Call the plumber – Whether you think you have located the leak, or were unable to determine exactly where the leak was, call the plumbers at Clarke & Rush. We know how to find leaky pipes, and we have the proper equipment to find even the most elusive leaks. We will also have ideas on how to successfully repair the leak and prevent further damage.
Even small drips or leaks can rapidly escalate into major problems, so acting fast may save you from even more expensive problem with your plumbing. You could end up with massive water bills, significant damage to pipes and fixtures, appliances, walls, floors and ceilings in your home. An undiscovered leak can also be a catalyst for mold and bacteria grown which often cause health problems. You can keep your home and family safer and healthier by calling Clarke & Rush at the first sign of a plumbing leak in your home.
For professional advice about how to detect pipe leaks, or for other plumbing or HVAC concerns, contact Clarke & Rush. We have been proudly helping home and business owners for over 50 years in the Sacramento area.