Leaks in your home may not be as obvious as you would think, especially if they are underground. Undetected, these leaks can cause damage underneath your home as well as to the foundation of your home, in addition to running up your water bill. Here are some easy steps for testing for leaks.
Shut Off Everything and Wait
Start by shutting off all of the faucets and closing any shutoff valves, then go read your water meter and make note of where it is. Wait two hours before reading it again. If it has moved in the two hours, there is a leak somewhere in your home.
Hissing In Pipes
Another sign of a leak is if you hear hissing in the pipes. This could be the sound of the water rushing to the leak.
Detecting Leaks In The Toilet Bowl
If you think the leak may be in your bathroom but aren’t sure, one way to test is to shut off all fixtures and read your meter before putting red food coloring in each toilet tank. After an hour has gone back, go to check the toilet and the meter again. If the bowl is red, then your toilet is leaking. However, if the bowl is not red but the meter moved, the leak is underground.
To test your home pipes, call an specialist for leak detection in Monterey.