HOW TO FIND A WATER LEAK IN YOUR HOUSE – A leaking pipe can do an enormous amount of damage to your property so the priority is to find and stop that leak. There are a few good reasons you will want to stop any leak, including the cost of the damage repairs, and these can be considerable, and the fact that you will be wasting lots of water, which is not eco-friendly and will again be costing you money from the wastage. It’s not a difficult job to patch and repair leaks when you can find them so use this guide to help you detect them.
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If you suspect a leak, which can be generally detected by damage to your walls and ceilings or you noticed an increase in your monthly water bills. Start by turning off all water valves in your home. Locate the water meter and take a look. If the dial is still moving then you have a leak
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Check all the taps in your home and make sure none of them are leaking. Most leaking taps can simply be fixed by replacing the washer or in the worst case scenario having to replace your taps. Either way, if you have a tap that is leaking, check that the nuts are tight, check the washer.
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Check your toilets and make sure the ball cock and or float valve is functioning properly. If it’s not then water will continuously be running out of the overflow pipe. Take a look outside and look where your toilets and bathrooms are located. Check the walls of moss and mold stains – they will be green or green/black in colour and this is a clear sign you have a problem with your toilets. Get the ball cock and or float valves fixed or replaced – it’s an easy job.
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Check your appliances that use water, such as the dishwasher, washing machine, etc. Check the hoses and valves to ensure they are not leaking. If you spot puddles under your appliances then the chances are that either the water valves or the waste hose is leaking. Both are easy to replace and or fix.
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Go up into your attic and check the ball cock and or float valve in your cold water storage tank. Is the water level too high? If so, you can adjust the ball cock and or float value. The same method applies to your toilets and bathrooms, you can go outside and look up to where the overflow pipe is on the cold water storage tank. If you do see green or green/black marks below the pipe there is a good chance that something is not right and it is best to either adjust, or replace the ball cock and or float valve, in the tank.
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Start in the attic and work your way though the house as best you can, following the plumbing water pipes. See if you can detect any joints that may be leaking and make any necessary repairs. Don’t forget to replace the pipe lagging in the attic, you don’t want to suffer from a burst pipe if the weather turns very cold.
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Check your hot water cylinder and the pipes. Take a look underneath the cylinder to see if you have any water stains or it’s wet or if you can physically see a puddle of water. If there is, it could be one of the pipes leading in or out of the cylinder or at worse the cylinder itself. Whichever it is, if it is leaking then repair or replace it.
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Monitor your monthly water usage carefully and if you do notice a big spike in usage then follow the steps above to investigate. Do take into consideration if you have a swimming pool, this could also be leaking so do check this as well. Just remember that it’s easier, in the long run, to fix a leak, rather than to leave it and then have the hassle and expense of having to rip out walls, floors and ceilings and then having to redecorate. Finally if you still think there is a leak and you cannot find it then call in a qualified plumber, explain the problem and what you have checked.