Leaks in your home’s plumbing system can have unsightly and dangerous consequences. You may merely have to mop up water on the floor, or you may need to replace a wall or ceiling. Early detection of leaks is a home maintenance task that can save you thousands of dollars.

  1. One way to check for a leak is to record the reading on your water meter. Then, turn off all faucets and appliances in the house, and don’t flush the toilet. After an hour, if you see that the meter reading has changed, you may have a water leak.
  2. Next, check all the water-using appliances in the home. Look at the hose connections and ensure that they are secure. If you see any bulges or cracks in a hose, that may be the leak site. Check the floor around each appliance for wet spots, as well as discoloration or dampness on cabinets or walls near the appliances.
  3. Leaks may develop where there are small openings. Check the tiled walls and floors in your bathrooms for cracks or missing grout. Look for missing, broken or cracked shingles on your roof. Finally, check the basement floor for fissures.

If you find a leak, you may be able to perform a home repair, or may need professional assistance. You may want to consult the staff at Bill Fenwick Plumbing for advice. Don’t hesitate to hire a professional plumber if the leak repair is beyond your do-it-yourself skills. After the leak is fixed, consider purchasing a water leak detection product for your home.