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1 0 W a y s t o F i n d a W a t e r L e a k i n Y o u r H o u s e 1 0 W a y s t o F i n d a W a t e r L e a k i n Y o u r H o u s e
A water l eak c an tak e a number of di f f erent
f orms that c an be c hal l engi ng f or
homeowners to f i nd. Leak s c os t
homeowners a l ot of money eac h year.
H owever, there are s ome eas y ways that
homeowners c an f i nd water l eak s and thus
k eep water bi l l s l ow. Not onl y that, but i t
c an al s o prevent pl umbers f rom s pendi ng
addi ti onal ti me l ook i ng f or the s ourc e of a
water l eak .
Leak s c an be f ound i n a bri ef amount of
ti me, and peopl e who adhere to the
f ol l owi ng l i s t c an s ave thems el ves both
ti me and money.
T a b l e of Conte nts T a b l e of Conte nts
1. Look for Drip, Drip, Drip from Faucets
2. Hot Water Tank Pressure Relief Valve
Leakage
3. Stop, Listen and Look for Toilet Leaks
4. Checking the Water Meter for Leaks
5. A Sump Pump that is Working Overtime
6. Use a Screwdriver to Inspect Hose-Bibs
7. Hoses that Run While Off
8. The Simple Pool Check
9. Listen for Running Water
10. Close Still Matters A Lot
1 . L o o k f o r D r i p , D r i p , D r i p f r o m F a u c e t s 1 . L o o k f o r D r i p , D r i p , D r i p f r o m F a u c e t s
A great pl ac e to s tart when l ook i ng f or water l eak s i s to c hec k the water f auc ets i ns i de the
home. Go to the k i tc hen s i nk , bathroom s i nk s and even the l aundry room s i nk . Look f or any
s i gns of dri ps that c an be oc c urri ng. I t c an be extremel y eas y to di s c ount the oc c as i onal l eak ,
but one drop of water every f our s ec onds c an was te more than 500 gal l ons of water eac h year.
Theref ore, l ook at the f auc ets . A worn was her made out of rubber c an be the c ul pri t. Whi l e
l ook i ng, be s ure that the handl es are not us i ng water when turned on. Thi s c an i ndi c ate that
water i s l eak i ng.
2 . H o t W a t e r T a n k P r e s s u r e R e l i e f V a l v e L e a k a g e 2 . H o t W a t e r T a n k P r e s s u r e R e l i e f V a l v e L e a k a g e
A hot water tank i s an amazi ng uni t that k eeps water hot, but i t c an al s o be a c ul pri t to a water
l eak . Look f or water that has pool ed around a water tank bec aus e of a l eak y val ve. Thi s c an
s how that there i s a water l eak that needs to be addres s ed. At ti mes , the val ves c an be di rec ted
to go i nto a drai n i ts el f . Whi l e thi s c an be a very good thi ng, i t c an al s o be c hal l engi ng bec aus e
i t c an hi de a potenti al l eak . I f a drai npi pe c annot be removed i n order to s ee that there i s no
l eak i ng goi ng on, l i s ten f or a s trange s ound that c an s ound l i k e hi s s i ng. Thi s c an demons trate
that there i s a l eak i ng probl em.
3 . S t o p , L i s t e n a n d L o o k f o r T o i l e t L e a k s 3 . S t o p , L i s t e n a n d L o o k f o r T o i l e t L e a k s
Toi l ets are notori ous f or s i l entl y al l owi ng gal l ons of water to be l os t eac h day. To determi ne
whether there i s a l eak wi thi n a toi l et, s top and l i s ten. I f there i s a s of t hi s s i ng noi s e, try to
i denti f y the s ourc e of the hi s s i ng. There are ti mes that the hi s s i ng i s a s i mpl e f i x, but that may
not be the c as e. I f i t does not s eem l i k e the toi l et i s l os i ng water, try one f i nal tes t. Put a f ew
drops of f ood c ol ori ng wi thi n the water tank i ts el f and wai t at l eas t f i ve mi nutes . Next, open
the toi l et bowl to s ee i f there i s any f ood c ol ori ng i n i t. I f there i s , i t c an demons trate that the
f l apper i s l eak y. Of c ours e, i t i s al ways good to c hec k al l the toi l ets wi thi n a home.
4 . C h e c k i n g t h e W a t e r M e t e r f o r L e a k s 4 . C h e c k i n g t h e W a t e r M e t e r f o r L e a k s
A water meter c an be a f antas ti c way to di s c over i f there i s a l arge or s mal l l eak that oc c urs
wi thi n a home. To begi n, turn of f al l water outs i de and i ns i de a home. Thi s i nc l udes equi pment
l i k e a di s hwas her and i rri gati on equi pment. Onc e thi s has been ac c ompl i s hed, wri te down the
water meter readi ng. Next, wai t at l eas t 15 mi nutes and mak e s ure that no one i s us i ng water
wi thi n the home duri ng that ti me. Af ter thi s has been done, tak e another readi ng of the water
meter. I f the meter has rec orded water us e, i t c an demons trate that there i s a l eak between the
home and the meter. A l eak y val ve c an be a c ul pri t f or a l eak i ns i de a home.

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5 . A S u m p P u m p t h a t i s W o r k i n g O v e r t i m e 5 . A S u m p P u m p t h a t i s W o r k i n g O v e r t i m e
A s ump pump i s a marvel ous i nventi on that i s des i gned to k eep water f rom enteri ng a home.
Whi l e i t work s extremel y wel l duri ng heavy downf al l s and the s pri ngti me, i t i s not i ntended
that s uc h a uni t be work i ng al l the ti me. I f a s ump pump i s al ways work i ng no matter what
ti me of s eas on i t i s , i t c an s how that there i s a water l eak probl em. Pay c l os e attenti on to the
s ump pump. I f i t i s c ons tantl y work i ng even though there has not been any water wi thi n the
area f or a l ong ti me, i t c an i ndi c ate that there i s a water l eak under or next to the f oundati on of
a home.
6 . U s e a S c r e w d r i v e r t o I n s p e c t H o s e - B i b s 6 . U s e a S c r e w d r i v e r t o I n s p e c t H o s e - B i b s
Bef ore goi ng any f urther, remember that hos e- bi bs are the pi pes that c onnec t to outs i de
hos es . There are us ual l y two hos e- bi bs that are f ound on the exteri or of a home. One i s
us ual l y i n the f ront of a home, and the other hos e- bi b i s i n the bac k . Get a s c rewdri ver and put
the ti p of i t on a pi ec e of metal on the hos e- bi b. Put the k nuc k l e of the thumb on the top of
the s c rewdri ver handl e. Fi nal l y, put an ear next to the thumb. I f there i s any type of s ound that
i t mak es , i t c an s how that there i s a water l eak . I f both hos e- bi bs do not mak e any s ound, try
us i ng the s ame s c rewdri ver proc es s to f auc ets , was hers and even a water heater.
7 . H o s e s t h a t R u n W h i l e O f f 7 . H o s e s t h a t R u n W h i l e O f f
Many homes have hos es that f eature a hand s prayer, nozzl e or wand. Eac h of thes e uni ts c an
be qui te benef i c i al , but they c an al s o be a s ourc e of a water l eak that c os ts peopl e a l ot of
money over ti me. The reas on f or thi s i s that peopl e may l eave a hos e runni ng even though the
s prayer i s of f , but there i s a l eak wi thi n the uni t i ts el f or the hos e i s not properl y c onnec ted.
Chec k i ng up on thes e thi ngs c an put a water l eak to res t.
8 . T h e S i m p l e P o o l C h e c k 8 . T h e S i m p l e P o o l C h e c k
A s mal l pool l eak c an add up to a bi g water bi l l that may i nc reas e eac h month. Al gae i n the
water, pool dec k c rac k s and damp s oi l around the pool i ts el f are al l i ndi c ati ons that a pool i s
l os i ng water. There i s another way to c hec k f or a water l eak . Fi rs t, pl ac e a buc k et that i s f i l l ed
wi th water on the top s tep of a pool . Next, mark the l evel of water wi thi n the buc k et and the
pool . Wai t one day and mak e a new mark of the pool water and the buc k et water. I f the pool
water has dropped more than the buc k et water, i t c an s how that there i s a l eak wi thi n the pool .
9 . L i s t e n f o r R u n n i n g W a t e r 9 . L i s t e n f o r R u n n i n g W a t e r
Another way to f i nd water l eak i s to l i s ten f or runni ng water. Al though thi s i s a s i mpl e method,
i t c an be very ef f ec ti ve to f i nd a l eak . One of the bes t ti mes of day to do thi s i s earl y i n the
morni ng or l ate at ni ght. Go to a l oc ati on that i s c l os e to the s i de of a home, s uc h as a
bathroom or a bas ement. Li s ten c aref ul l y f or the s ound of runni ng water. I f there i s s uc h a
noi s e, i t c an i ndi c ate that there i s a water l eak next to the home.
1 0 . C l o s e S t i l l M a t t e r s A L o t 1 0 . C l o s e S t i l l M a t t e r s A L o t
Whi l e al l thes e ti ps c an be very benef i c i al i n l oc ati ng a water l eak , k eep i n mi nd that i t i s s ti l l
di f f i c ul t to f i nd one. I n f ac t, i t may tak e the s k i l l of a pl umbi ng tec hni c i an to f i nd i t. At the
s ame ti me, thes e s teps c an hel p poi nt a pl umber to where the probl em i s l oc ated. The f ac t of
the matter i s that a number of pl umbi ng prof es s i onal s do not l i k e to s earc h f or a water l eak
i s s ue, and they c an be qui te apprec i ati ve of the i nves ti gati ve work of a homeowner. That bei ng
s ai d, goi ng through the s teps c an s ave ti me f or the pl umber. Furthermore, i t c an equate i nto
money s avi ngs f or a homeowner bec aus e of a pl umber not s pendi ng extra ti me l ook i ng f or a
water l eak .
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