Water leaks are a hassle for a variety of reasons. Water leaks, particularly ones that are hard to find, can drastically affect your water bill over time. More importantly, however, is the fact that leaky plumbing can potentially cause damage to your home. If water leaks are not detected in a timely manner, the costs associated with repairs, water use, and restoration can be extremely high. Here are some easy steps you can take to determine if your home has a hidden water leak.
- Turn off your water: This includes water used both inside and outside the house. After all, sprinklers or automated irrigation systems are just as susceptible to leaks as indoor appliances like showers or washing machines. You will need to locate your main shut off valve to completely turn off your home’s water.
- Test a faucet in your house: After turning off your main shut-off valve, turn on a faucet to see if the water is still running. If water flows from your faucet for more than a few seconds, the shut off valve is not working and you will need to contact a plumber. If the faucet is dry, head outside to your home’s water meter.
- Check your water meter: Checking your water meter is the most important step in identifying a hidden leak. After you have turned off your water and appliances, check your water meter and make a note of where the needle is resting. After 10 to 15 minutes, check your meter again. If the needle is in a different position or you see a different reading, you have a leak. Contact a plumber immediately to have the source of the look identified and repaired.
If your home has a water leak and you need a fast and reliable repair, call Peter Levi Plumbing Inc. at (415) 814-6900. Peter Levi Plumbing offers plumbing and HVAC service, repair, and installation to customers throughout the Bay Area.