Water doesn’t belong on the floor, dripping down the walls, or pooling in the yard. And finding and repairing a leak can be a needle in a haystack situation. Do you think you have a leak? Take a look at some information below.

What are the four most common signs of water leaks?

The most obvious sign of a leak is seeing it in action. But assuming you don’t catch the leak in person, there are some signs that water has been seeping out. The first is unexplained wet spots on the floor or along the walls. Anywhere where water is pooling is a bad sign. Or you see only what the water leaves behind: mold. If you’ve got patches of mold in unexpected places, it may be a sign that you have water leakage you didn’t know about. Same with stains, discolored areas, or places where wall or floor material has blistered. This may be accompanied by musty smells or areas that have suddenly become soft or indented. Leaks may also show up on your water bill.

A white toilet in a bathroom prone to leaking
Toilets can be the most common cause of leaks in homes

What causes leaks in the first place?

Leaks can come from all sorts of places. One of the most common is a clogged drain that forces the water to flow out. This can be from debris in the drain or buildup over time if you don’t routinely have your drains cleaned. Toilets are also a common source of water leaks with as many as 35% of toilets nationwide having a leak at some point in their use. This can be from a damaged flapper to a flush valve seal leak or plenty of other things you don’t want to mess with on your own. Another common leak source is corroded pipes that are well past their best-by date.

How can you prevent water leaks in your home, or catch them before they become serious?

A professional is always the way to go when it comes to preventing or fixing leaks. They can utilize walk-through detectors that can use a laser beam that travels along the floor or wall, sending a bright light beam into the tank or pipe where the leak is likely to be. These detectors use sensors to detect changes in temperature and pressure. A non-intrusive water leak detector uses a light flash and a microphone to detect leaks in the same way, but these quieter devices can be used in bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms.

A plumber repairing a leaky kitchen faucet
Professional plumbers have specialized equipment to detect leaks

In addition to water detectors, there are a few other types of detection devices. For a non-intrusive system, water pressure sensors are common. These sensors can be used in bathrooms, kitchens, and bathrooms to detect leaks. Water level spot detectors detect any changes in the water level in a container like a bottle, and they can also detect leaks in shower systems if a leak is suspected.

There is also remote monitoring of water systems. You may find water you used to drink suddenly has a foul taste. Or your garden suddenly looks greener than it used to. These kinds of monitoring systems can save your life if they detect a leak, allowing you to shut off your water supply and notify your emergency contact. Service technicians and individuals with proper training can set up water monitoring devices in your home. These monitoring devices are usually installed as an added luxury and not a daily necessity, but if they detect a lot of leaks then it might be worth the investment.

Water leaks can cause a lot of damage, so it’s important to stay on top of them. We can get you connected to a plumbing professional in your area today. 

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