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Hey there, my name is Russell Tyson. I am going to use this site to educate my readers about services offered by plumbing professionals. When I first started my company, I was unaware of all the necessary plumbing procedures needed to keep the toilets from backing up. My clients often failed to notify me when a toilet started to fail, likely due to embarrassment or a lack of time. Luckily, I was clued into the value of hiring plumbers to perform regular maintenance and repairs on the toilets to keep them in fine shape. I hope to detail those services on this site to inspire others to embrace preventative plumbing procedures.

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Tips For Finding A Water Leak In Your Home

by Charlie Clarke

If it seems like your water bill just gets higher and higher each month, then you might have a water leak. Water leaks can be difficult to find if it isn't something obvious such as a dripping faucet. If you can't find the source, but are pretty sure you have a leak, call in a plumber who can use special equipment to sort out the cause of the problem. If you want to look for the source of the leak yourself first, here are some things to check.

Running Toilets

Running toilets can waste a lot of water if you don't catch the problem right away. You can usually hear when a toilet is running, but if it is in a guest bathroom you don't use very often, you may not know about the problem. Check all the toilets in your home. They should be completely quiet once the flush cycle is through. Flush the toilets and make sure they stop running right away. If you have to jiggle the handle or if they run a long time, you may need to make repairs before they give you more trouble. Another way to check for toilet leaking is to put a few drops of food coloring in the toilet tank. Wait several minutes and then check the toilet bowl. If the water is the bowl has changed color too, then you know the tank is leaking.

The Water Main

Turn off the valve where the water enters your home. This shuts off all water supply to your house. Then look at your water meter. If the meter is moving it indicates water is flowing somewhere. Since the pipes inside your house are shut off, that means the leak has to be in the main pipe from the water meter to your house. The pipe is underground and may even be under your driveway. You'll need to call a plumber to replace the water main and stop the leak. If you can see water leaking around the water gauge itself, then call your utility company for repairs. The utility company services their meters and main valve only. Once the water leaves the meter box and enters the pipes, you'll need to pay for repairs yourself.

Inside Leaks

Go inside and turn off every faucet and source of running water in your home. Then go outside and make sure the valve for water entering your home is turned back on. Normally, when this valve is open and the outlets in your home are off, then your water meter will stop moving. If the meter moves with all the faucets turned off in your home, you know you have a leak somewhere. You'll need to check around all the pipes you can see such as those behind your dishwasher, clothes washer, hot water heater, and those under all your sinks. Look for signs of dampness, dripping, water puddles, and for the smell of mildew. If everything indoors seems dry, then the leak must be in an underground pipe. Finding a leak underground is extremely difficult especially if you have no idea where the pipes are even located. Your best bet is to call a plumber to locate the lines and then check them for leaks. Your local codes may not allow you to dig up and replace plumbing lines anyway.

Finding a plumbing leak can be difficult but it's a job you want done correctly. Wasting water not only adds to your monthly water bill, it also puts your home in danger if the water flows toward your foundation or leaks inside your home unnoticed for a long time. Read more here.

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