Every month thousands of dollars are wasted in Minnesota from small water leaks! Finding a water leak in your home not only helps save money, it is the first step to preventing major plumbing disasters! Water leak detection is a service offered by MN Plumbing and Appliance and we’d be happy to locate the exact location of your leak and repair it. Here are a few signs your home may have a water leak!
The Water Meter Sign
Checking your home water meter is one of the easiest ways to discover a slow water leak. Since a water meter detects how much water is used in your home plumbing system it is a great tool to utilize when it comes to water leak detection. First, turn off all of the home appliances that use water. Once the washer, dryer, dishwasher, and other appliances are off, turn off faucets tightly. Finally, shut off the water to the entire home. Now watch your home’s water meter carefully. If all the meter changes immediately you know you have a large water leak and should call a plumber as soon as possible! If you don’t see a change right away, wait for a few hours and check again. If there is still no change then your home plumbing system is safe of all water leaks! However, if there is a change in the water meter, even over a period of hours, you may have a slow home water leak. Remember the leak could be anywhere, even underground! If you suspect a leak from watching your water meter, call MN Plumbing and Appliance today!
Checking your family’s water usage compared to the national average is a great way to test whether or not your home plumbing system has a water leak. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reports that a family of four typically will use 12,000 gallons of water per month! Obviously, there is a little give and take for every family, but if your family is way over the national average there is a good probability that you either have a water leak or a child who leaves the faucet running at night!
Water Bill Fluctuation Sign
If your water utility bill isn’t consistent, that may be a sign of a home water leak! Especially if your water consumption habits are similar throughout the months, a fluctuation in the water utility bill could be reason enough to call a professional plumber! Watching water bills carefully is a great way to prevent paying more than you should at the fault of a water leak. When there is a steady increase in price of your home water cost, consider hiring a professional plumber to perform a water leak detection! Remember, water leaks are not always visible and you could be missing them! Don’t go months with a steadily increasing water bill wondering why you are paying more!
The Food Coloring Sign
A great trick to check for water leaks is to use food coloring! This trick works especially well with toilets. Toilets, on average, account for around 30 percent of American home water usage! Because toilets make up such a large percentage of the home’s water consumption, a small leak can be extremely costly! To use the food coloring test simply throw a few drops of food coloring into the tank of your favorite home toilet. After waiting for 5-15 minutes, check to see if the color has made it’s way to the bowl! If it has, you have a leaky toilet on your hands!
Other signs of a water leak can be observed both inside and outside of the home. Checking for water stains underneath cabinets and under sink basins is a good habit to build in order to catch a water leak right away. Any moldy smells are also an indicator of a water leak, especially under sinks or in basements. A warm spot on the bathroom floor could be a hot water leak, or hearing the sound of dripping or running water would be a more common sense indicator of a leak within your home’s plumbing system! Discoloration on the connections of appliances, especially the water heater and water softener, can other outward signs of a water leak. Checking the connections, hoses, and pumps within your home plumbing system for discoloration is recommended. Outside the home check the outdoor faucet spigots by making sure no water is dripping, spraying, or leaking from the hose connection! While this may seem like a lot of work to check your entire home inside and out for small water leaks, it is well worth the time spent when you consider the amount of money one could waste on a water utility bill due to a small leak! Many Minnesotans have an annual home plumbing inspection to check their system for leaks and potential problems.
Worried Your Home Has A Water Leak?
MN Plumbing and Appliance Installation is here to help! Give us a call today for a quick estimate on our expert water leak detection services. Especially if your home is older than 25 years, your pipes could use the inspection!