How to Find a Plumbing Leak

Do you think you have a plumbing leak at your home? The team at Santa Clarita Plumbing Service can help you spot hidden leaks and fix them right away, but there are ways you can spot leaks too. Keep reading to learn the tricks for spotting a leaky plumbing system.

Monitor Your Water Bill

One of the first signs of a hidden leak can be found on your water bill. Most of the time your water bill stays the same with only slight fluctuations. Maybe you spend more in the summer when you’re watering the garden or filling up the kid’s inflatable pool.

Water bills should never skyrocket. When you have a sudden surge in water usage, this is when you should be concerned. High water bills for no apparent reason are usually caused by a leaky plumbing system. Call one of our Santa Clarita plumbers to come out to your home and take a look.

Check the Water Meter

You can also check for unusual water usage by reading your water meter. This meter is attached to the house and collects information that the water company uses to bill you for service. To read the meter to check for possible leaks, do the following:

  • Turn off the water to the house
  • Take a reading
  • Leave the water off for several hours
  • Read the meter again before turning the water back on

Did the reading change? If so, you know you have a leak because you didn’t have the water running. It’s best to perform this test when everyone is out of the house for the day. We suggest reading the meter first thing in the morning and turning the water off while everyone is at work or school.

Greener Grass

Have you noticed there are patches of greener grass in your yard? Could these patches of brighter grass be where the water or sewer lines are buried? If so, call a plumber to come out to your home to check the pipes. Often when the grass is greener in areas, this is a sign that there’s a crack or pinhole leak in an underground pipe.

Monitoring for Plumbing Leaks

There’s another way to monitor for plumbing leaks that doesn’t involve reading your water meter or getting surprised by a high water bill. We recommend that homeowners install water leak sensors on their plumbing. These smart devices alert you immediately when there’s a potential problem and give you the opportunity to act right away.

To learn more about water leak devices or to schedule a plumbing service in Santa Clarita, CA, call us today!

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