Hidden Water Leaks

Signs of Hidden Water Leaks

Hidden water leaks can go unnoticed, until you notice a large increase in the water bills. It could either be a pin-hole leak that causes water loss slowly over time, or a sudden leak that causes major water loss.

Damage to property can occur rapidly if the leak is not located and repaired quickly. Foundations can be undermined causing structural issues. Lawns can turn into muddy swamps and pavement can buckle.

Sounds of a Hidden Water Leak

This can be a distinct sound if you have copper pipes. Listening to your faucets can help indicate whether a leak is present, since your faucet can act as a “mini amplifier”. The sound of a leak can travel a long distance on metallic pipe. A simple stethoscope can increase the ability to hear a leak dramatically.

Perform Some Simple Test 

If you suspect a leak try these simple steps to determine the general area of the leak:

  1. Shut off the water at the main water supply stop where the water enters your home, and if the sound of running water stops, then you have eliminated the outside underground water line as the source of the leak.
  2. Check for leaky faucets or toilets that can be causing the hissing sound of a leak.
  3. Shut off water to water heater to determine if leak is on the cold or hot side of the plumbing system.

Visual Damage or Dampness

Walk around your home and property, checking for damage or moisture under your water heater, dishwasher, sinks, floors, walls and ceiling. If you find no damage or moisture, then your leak is most likely underground.

If you suspect a leak, contact a water leak detection expert such as Absolute Plumbing & Boiler. We will hunt down the leak, and work quickly to repair it.