Most homeowners are conscientious when it comes to the overall state of their house. As much as we want to keep our home in good condition, there are certain factors, such as leaky pipes, that can damage our property. Plumbing leaks can lead to serious consequences on your health and home, such as:
- Growth of mould and mildew
- Damaged flooring and fixtures
- Insect and bug infestation
- Respiratory illness
- Increased water bill
Leaky pipes can be found anywhere in your house: behind walls, under the flooring, or in ceilings. If water leaks are not immediately addressed, it could result in costly repairs and renovation due to rotting and flooding. Detecting the source of leakage can help save money as well as your home. Here are some simple methods you can do to spot plumbing leaks in different areas in your house.
Water leaks in the kitchen can be found in two areas: around the sink and the water supply pipes at the bottom of the sink. A leaky faucet is one of the most obvious forms of plumbing leaks in the kitchen. Here are some signs of leakage in the kitchen:
- The particleboard under the countertop is swollen, dark, and spongy to the touch
- The sink cabinet shows moistures, mould, and mildew growth, water stains, and peeling materials.
- Rusty supply line fittings and fixtures
One of the most common forms of plumbing leaks can be found in the toilet. Toilets are constructed on higher ground and are directly connected to waste pipes. This is why even a minor crack in its piping can be disastrous to your home. Here are different ways you can detect toilet leaks:
- Use Food Colouring – Open the cover of the water tank and add a few drops of food colouring. Wait for a couple of minutes without flushing. Observe thoroughly for any signs of colour in the toilet bowl. Leaking is present when the colouring you used appears in the toilet bowl.
- Loose Base of the Toilet Seat – The floor should meet the base of the toilet bowl. To check for any signs of leakage, sit on the toilet bowl, and look for any sign of movement. Leaks and puddles usually happen when the pressurised water seeps through the cracks between the toilet seat and the floor.
Detecting any signs of water leaks in the bathroom is relatively easy. Here are the ways:
- One of the obvious signs for bathroom leaks is peeled paint and wallpapers. When water seeps into the walls, it loosens the bond between the paint and the wall.
- Loose or falling tiles is another sign that there is a plumbing leak in the bathroom.
- Constant mould and mildew growth in certain areas
- Dark, moving stains on the ceiling
Leaks can happen below the ground or behind the walls. However, it is not easy to detect any signs of leakage especially when the pipes are hidden or underground. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to determine the source of plumbing leaks.
- Performing a meter test is one of the most effective ways of detecting leaks in your home.
- Check the meter and observe how fast it moves.
- Turn off all the faucets and the toilet and check whether the meter is running or not.
- When the meter continues to run, there could be a leak in your underground or hidden pipes.