When you own a home, water damage can be the worst type of damage to happen to your home. Water damage can sneak up on you if you are not vigilant and can lead to mold and mildew as well. However, if you engage in regular leak detection, you should be able to stop any water damage related to your plumbing before it even occurs.
Step #1: Start Outside of Your Home
The first place you should check for a leak is outside of your home at the hose bibs that are located around your home. Most homes have two hose bibs: one at the front of their home and one at the back of their home.
You can visually check for a leak by just looking at the hose bib. However, sometimes there is a leak behind the bib, dripping into your crawl space. To detect this type of leak, you are going to want to take a screwdriver and place it against the metal on the hose bib, and then put your knuckle over the end of the screwdriver and put your ear up against it. This funny arrangement is basically a homemade stethoscope that will allow you to hear if the water is dripping inside the bib.
Step #2: Check Your Hot Water Tank
The next thing you want to check is your hot water tank. Look around the base of the hot water tank to see if there is any moisture on the ground near the bottom of the tank. Find the discharge tube for the tank and see if there is any moisture on the discharge tube. Moisture on the discharge tube usually indicates a leak. You can also check around the pressure relief valve to see if there is any moisture there as well.
Step #3: Visit All of Your Faucets
Go to each faucet in your home. Make sure that no water is leaking or dripping out of any of your faucets. Then, open the cupboard under the faucet, and make sure that there is not any moisture near the supply or drainage pipes. Make sure that you can easily see the pipes for all your faucets and move any items that are blocking the view of your pipes.
Step #4: Check Your Toilets
Your toilet can be leaking without you even being aware. To figure out if your toilet is leaking, take the lid off the tank and listen to the sounds coming from the tank. When your toilet is full of water, the tank should be quiet. If you hear any hissing sounds, that means you have a small leak in your toilet.
The next thing you can do is put a little bit of food coloring, such as blue or red, into the tank. You only need to add a few drops. Don't flush the toilet; just see if the water in the toilet starts to change color. If it does, water is leaking from the tank into the toilet.
As a homeowner, you need to make sure that you know how to detect leaks in your home. Leaks can lead to water damage and can drive up your water bill. As soon as you detect a leak, you need to get a plumbing professional to fix the leak.
When was the last time you realized that you had a serious plumbing problem? About a month ago, I knew that I had to make some big changes, so I began talking with different plumbers about getting the job done. I told them that I wanted to replace the bathtub in the bathroom and the sink and faucet in the kitchen, and they took my requests in stride. Before I knew it, my entire home was updated and I felt great about the work. I wanted to start this blog to help other people to learn more about plumbing and repair.