Plumbing leaks can cause thousands of dollars in damage if they are not detected quickly enough. Unfortunately, they’re also very difficult to detect without professional training and equipment. If you know what to look for, though, you might be able to identify plumbing problems before they have the chance to cause too much damage. Let’s take a look at some of the warning signs that you have a leak.
Rising Water Bills
Your water bills are going to fluctuate depending on how much you use per month, of course. That is not what we’re talking about, though. Moderate or major leaks, in addition to other symptoms, will start to reflect in your monthly bills. If your bills are significantly higher than they were last month, or seem to be rising month to month for no apparent reason, then you may have a leak in your system.
Running Water Meter
If you really want to check and see if you have a leak in your plumbing, turn off every plumbing appliance in your home and look at your water meter. If the meter is still running, it means that water is still leaving your system somehow. More often than not, it’s because you have a leak.
Dropping Water Pressure
Usually the last symptom that homeowners notice before calling for a plumber. Dropping water pressure indicates a serious leak or blockage somewhere in your plumbing system. This symptom only appears when the problem is quite advanced, so call for repairs as soon as you notice it. Otherwise, you could find yourself dealing with quite a bit of water damage that could have otherwise been avoided.