A water leak of any size can result in a sizeable amount of money spent on utility and repair bills. A small crack in a pipe can allow gallons of water to be washed down the drain without the homeowner even realizing it. It may not seem like it because all you see is a few drips but it all adds up.
Early detection is the key to finding and repairing these leaks before they do any serious damage. If you are searching for leak detection Austin, here are some tips and what to look for before you call.
What to Look for:
- Change in water usage
- Dripping sounds (in walls or floorboard)
- Bulges in walls or buckling floorboards
- Dark spots that show through tile
- Cracks in walls or foundation areas
- A wet-earth smell (soil, wet leaves, slightly musty)
Where to Look
One way to find out if there are any leaks is to do a self-inspection of the home and surrounding areas. Walk around the perimeter and look for any signs of water or dampness. Be sure to check the areas where the water pipes enter and exit the home. Water leaks in these areas are sometimes the easiest to spot. If the home has a basement, be sure to check for cracks in walls and pooling around floor drains.
Larger than Normal Water Usage
Sometimes the only indication that something is wrong is when the monthly bill arrives. Water usage is, for the most part, pretty consistent. Unless the homeowner installs a swimming pool or spa there really is no reason for a spike in water consumption. Any difference in normal usage is a reason to suspect a leak.
Obvious signs of a leak are dripping faucets. The first thing to check is that the taps are closed off all the way. A quick turn of the handle should confirm this. If the tap is turned off, but it continues to drip, then you need to call in a plumber.
A “Running” Toilet
To some, this is nothing more than an annoyance, but to a plumber, this is a source of water waste. As a child, you may have been told a few times to “jiggle the handle”. Most of the time it solves the problem, but only temporarily. In this case, it’s a faulty float or flange that needs replacing because it is not stopping the toilet from continuing to fill. The excess water is just going right down the drain pipe and costing more money in water usage the longer it continues.
These are often times less obvious signs of a problem. These may appear as a small crack with a wet surface or slow drip. Water leaking from the foundation is a cause for concern due to the type of damage it can do to the home over time. These types of leaks cause shifting and soil erosion, making for an unstable base of support. Leaks of this type are best left to the professional with experience in plumbing issues like this.
A cracked pipe under the house or a leaking faucet can both contribute to high utility consumption and water waste. Houses with old plumbing are at risk for water leakage because metal pipes corrode over time and can develop cracks or breaks within walls and underneath floors.
After careful inspection, if the homeowner is unable to find any leaking, but continues to have had high water bills, it is advisable that they call in a professional to locate the source of the problem.