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How to Find Hidden Water Leaks in the Home

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Date: Thu, 8 Sep 2011 Time: 1:34 AM

In South Florida, it is common to have a water leak and not even be aware of it. One of the most common indicators of a water leak is the monthly water bill. If a significant increase in price is noted from the previous months, you probably have a busted pipe or leak. The problem is that most leaks are well-hidden and require much attention to detail to uncover the source. There are several sources, however, that the homeowner can check before calling in a professional.

First, hot water tanks can be a source. First, one should check the Pressure Relief Valve. These can be plumbed into the drain and may be leaking without any visible signs. If the pipe cannot be removed, a hissing sound can signal a hot water heater leak.

Another common culprit for leaks is the toilet. The first step in inspecting the toilet is to remove the lid and listen carefully. The homeowner will want to survey various parts of the toilet and listen carefully to each. Sometimes the flapper at the bottom of the tank can be loose and allow the water to seep. One way to diagnose a problem of this nature is to add a few drops of food coloring and wait. If coloring should appear in the tank, the flapper is indeed damaged.

The meter line can also help one find a leak. This can be done by turning off the shut-off valve to the house. While shut off, check the meter head by removing the lid and watching the dial. If the meter continues to turn, the leak is between the meter and the house. At this point, the land should be surveyed. One should be on the look out for mushy or moist ground. This usually signifies that there is a broken water line leaking directly into the earth. This needs professional attention as it will not only keep the ground soggy, but can also cause a shift in the foundation.

Hose-bibs are the pipes in which hoses in the house are hooked. There is usually one in the front and one at the back of the average residence. Once each hose-bib has been found, a simple procedure using a screwdriver can be done. The metal part of the screwdriver should be placed on the metal hose-bib. On the top of the screwdriver, the homeowner can place their thumb knuckle. And the thumb knuckle placed against the side of ones head, right in front of the ear. With most metal valves, this works well and the sound should travel right to the eardrum. Once this procedure has been done with all the hose-bibs in the house, it should be noted if the sound given off at any one location is greater than the others. This process can also be done with washers, sinks, faucets, showers, etc.

Although this is just a starting point for <b>leak detection</b>, it should help the homeowner to be more aware and better enable to the plumber to fix the problem. A licensed, professional plumber can also assist with any leak detections.

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