It’s important that you check for water leaks on a regular basis for several reasons. Most importantly, finding a water leak early can prevent you from having more serious problems later on. Also, fixing even a small leak can help you save water and keep your water bill down.
Here are a few helpful tips on how to check for water leaks to make the process as easy as possible:
Outside Faucet Testing
While you’re making the most of your outdoor space, it’s a good time to occasionally check your faucets, especially if they aren’t used regularly. Turning them on and off to check for pressure and potential leaks can help you recognize any potential problems.
Testing your toilet for leaks is actually a lot easier than you may think. You can do this any time of day and get immediate results.
- Open the lid to the tank and put 1 teaspoon of food coloring inside.
- Wait approximately 15 minutes.
- Don’t flush the toilet while you wait!
- Take a peek inside the toilet bowl. If the water has food coloring in it, then you’ve definitely got a leak. If it’s clear … than you’re in the clear!
Uncovering Pipe Damage
It can be easy to forget about the pipes located in the dark recesses of your basement, but it’s important to check them periodically to make sure everything is running properly. Start by checking pipes located under your sinks then progressively dig deeper into your living areas and your basement using a flashlight to look for leaky areas.
Discovering Drainage Problems
If you notice soggy ground even on particularly hot and dry summer days, this could be an indication that you have a leaking pipe. In this case, we highly recommend getting the help of a professional.
If you have any questions on how to check for water leaks or have uncovered a leaky pipe, Action Plumbing is ready to help!