Where Are Pipe Leaks Typically Found?

Water leaks are a silent menace that can wreak havoc on your plumbing system and even compromise the…

Where Are Pipe Leaks Typically Found?
Jun 17, 2024

Water leaks are a silent menace that can wreak havoc on your plumbing system and even compromise the structural integrity of your home. Although leaks are not entirely silent – the sound of dripping or rushing water within your walls can be a telltale sign – many homeowners overlook these early warnings.

Catching leaks early can save you from costly repairs and significant water damage. In this brief article brought to you by Acknowledge Plumbing, we offer a basic guide to help you identify where pipe leaks are typically found and how to pinpoint them effectively.

If you’d rather have a trained plumber perform a leak detection with advanced equipment, then call Acknowledge Plumbing to hire a uniformed professional today. We are a full-service plumbing company, and we have you covered with everything from plumbing installations and maintenance to repairs and replacements.

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Check under your sinks

One of the most common places for leaks is under kitchen and bathroom sinks. These areas are prone to leaks due to the higher-than-average number of connections and frequent use. Periodically look under your sinks for any signs of water, moisture, or mold. Feel the pipes and the bottom of the cabinet for dampness.

What’s behind your walls?

Leaks often occur behind walls, making them harder to detect. These can be particularly damaging as they may go unnoticed for a long time, leading to mold growth and structural damage. Listen for the sound of dripping or running water when no taps are in use. Look for discoloration, bubbling paint, or wallpaper.

Toilet leaks are often overlooked

Toilets are another common source of leaks, particularly where the toilet meets the floor. Check around the base of your toilet for water or damp spots. If the floor feels soft or spongy, it might be due to water damage from a leak.

Get in the basement or crawl space

Basements and crawl spaces can be a hotspot for leaks, especially near your water heater, washing machine, or where pipes enter the home. Regularly inspect these areas for puddles, dampness, or mold growth. Pay special attention to any visible pipes.

Leaks are not only found indoors

Leaks can also occur outside your home, often in outdoor faucets, garden hoses, or irrigation systems. Look for wet spots or unusually green patches in your yard, which could indicate a leaking underground pipe.

How to detect a water leak

Though hiring a trained plumber is your best bet at uncovering hidden leaks, there are ways you can pick up on signs as well. Here are some things to consider:

  • An unexplained increase in your water bill can be an early indicator of a leak. If your usage hasn’t changed, but your bill has spiked, it’s time to investigate.
  • Turn off all water sources in your home, then check your water meter. Wait for a few hours without using any water, then check the meter again. If it has moved, you likely have a leak.
  • To check for a running toilet, put a few drops of food coloring in the tank. Wait about 30 minutes without flushing. If the color appears in the bowl, you have a leak.

Hire trained and uniformed professionals

Whether you need a professional detection or an urgent water leak repair, the dedicated plumbers at Acknowledge Plumbing are here to help. Call or message us today to get in touch with a member of our team.

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