Steps to Find Where You’re Losing Water
How can I find a leak in my house? My water bill keeps going up. Sometimes I can hear water dripping in the bathroom after the sink has been used but then it stops.
To use your water meter to detect a hidden leak, turn off every plumbing fixture in your house for a couple of hours. And, don’t forget the built-in icemaker or the reverse-osmosis water filtration system. They turn themselves on automatically. Once everything is off, take a meter reading. If the reading changes, a leak exists.
If the leak is a plumbing pipe or fitting located in the attic or walls, chances are great that you would have seen water dripping from the ceiling or damp spots on the walls or floor. If, on the other hand, the pipes are in the crawl space or basement, it may require a bit of investigative work to find the leak.
It is also possible to have a leak between the water meter and the main shut off valve where water enters your home. To determine if the pipe between these two points is leaking, shut off the main water supply valve at the house and check to see if the meeting continues to show that water is being used. If such is the case, it’s time to call in a leak detection company. Using state-of-the-art technology, they will be able to pinpoint the leak for repair. They can also find an evasive leak in your home.