How to Detect Water Leaks in Your Home 

A water leak is one of the most common plumbing problems for homeowners. While most leaks are fairly easy for plumbers to find and fix, hidden leaks could be ignored because homeowners don’t even know they are there. If leaks aren’t caught early, they can result in extensive water damage and high water bills.  Homeowners should learn the signs that point to a potential water leak so they can call a professional plumber to handle the issue and prevent it from becoming a major problem. 

Water leaks are particularly common in older neighborhoods, and KB Plumbing specializes in water line repairs. Due to the age of the pipes in the communities we service, we may also need to replace a section of the water supply line if it gets broken or leaks.  

Leaks can occur from weather conditions, pipe erosion, or other uncontrollable causes. Leaks can occur: 

  • Behind a wall 
  • Between floors 
  • Inside the ceiling 
  • Under the foundation 
  • In the basement 

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Here are some of the most common signs that point to a possible water leak in your home:  

  • Low water pressure 
  • Unusually high water bill 
  • Running water sound when no water is used 
  • Presence of mold and mildew 
  • Peeling paint 
  • Water stains 
  • Drooping ceiling 
  • Damaged floors and carpeting 

In addition to the signs mentioned above, one obvious indicator of a water leak is a water bill that is higher than usual, especially if there has been no significant change in water consumption from one month to the next. Even small leaks can waste a lot of money and be detected through high water costs.  

Waterline leaks usually cause water bills to rise for no reason. High water bills are most likely due to a leak because it indicates that water continues to run even if no fixtures or water appliances are running. The only explanation for water continuing to run is if it exits from a leak, either from a pipe, fixture, or through a loose joint or connection.  

If you suspect a water leak, check your toilets to see if they continuously run. You can also check the plumbing pipes underneath sinks and the pipes that lead to and away from your water heater. Lastly, check your outdoor faucets, irrigation, and any pool equipment.  

If you suspect a water leak, contact KB Plumbing. Our licensed plumbers are equipped to repair and replace any underground fresh-water piping systems, whether outside or inside a residential home. 

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