Silent leaks in the home can cause you to receive a surprising high water bill in the mail with no idea why. SERVPRO of Novi/Commerce South is here to help and have listed some tips to help determine if you have a water leak in your home. To determine if you have a leak happening somewhere in your home, start by observing your water meter. First, locate your small inside water meter usually found near the hot water tank or furnace. Next, turn off all water-using devices. This includes your dishwasher, washing machine, humidifier, sprinkler system, and the water/ice maker in your fridge. Make sure no one uses the toilet or sinks during this time as that will mess up the test.
Most water meters will have a small red or black triangle that spins to show “micro” water usage. If everything is off then even a dripping faucet will show up as the triangle will move. If it doesn’t move at all over the next 2 minutes, then you probably don’t have a leak. If it is moving, try to locate the problem yourself and/or call a plumber.
The most common culprit is the toilet. The easiest way to find out if your toilet is leaking is by dropping a toilet leak test tablet or a few drops of food coloring into your tank. Do not flush. If the water in your toilet bowl changes color after 20 – 30 minutes, it indicates that water is leaking. Also, check underneath your sinks for moisture or leaks. Your furnace humidifier should also be checked for signs of leaking. Other areas to check are your: hot water heater, water softener, fridge water line/valve, dishwasher piping, washing machine hoses/valves and underground sprinkler system.
And don’t forget to look up! There could be signs of a leak on your ceiling or walls with small bubbling in the paint or a change in appearance. A pinhole in a pipe, a small crack in the toilet flange or worn out grout could be slowly and silently causing water damage.