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Tips for Detecting Leaks in Your House

Leaks can be a headache for any homeowner and it can be hard to detect the location of leaks as well. There can be a leak anywhere in the plumbing. It can be behind the walls, ceilings, underground etc. Many people don’t know how to detect leaks in the house. If a leak is not detected early, you will need to attend to additional repairs as there can be permanent damage done to the house due to decay or flooding. 

Many people have experienced leaking pipes in the toilet. You need to check the base of the toilet where it meets the floor. This is a common leak that can happen at any house. You can check whether there is any movement in the base when you sit on the toilet. You should also check the ceiling below for any dampness. If you are not sure if the damp mark on the ceiling is from the ceiling or not, you can measure the distance from the mark to the toilet. Generally, the distance should be small. If you can see paint or wallpaper peeling off in the walls adjacent to the bathroom, it can indicate a water leak. Check if there are any loose or missing wall tiles in the bathroom where water can seep through. Check for areas with mould as well. These are usually posted closer to the shower area. This will indicate a leak if you notice the mould growing continuously.

Kitchen leaks

If you are not sure of where the leak comes from, there are companies that specialise in leak detection and repair. There are certain guidelines you can follow to detect leaks in your house. An area that is prone to leaks is the kitchen where the sink is located. The kitchen faucet can also leak. When it comes to sinks, you need to examine the countertop to see whether it is showing any damage. If you have a laminate countertop, it will show some swelling in the lower part if it is affected by water. If you are not sure of where the leak is coming from in the sink, you can carefully pour some water along the edges of the sink that meets the countertop and at the base of the faucet to see whether water is seeping out through these areas. You need to check if the faucet is loose. This can be tightened and sealed with silicone. You can check the base cabinets to see whether there is dampness and if there is a puddle of water. If your kitchen is on an upper storey, you can check the downstairs ceiling for any wet or dried stains.

Underground pipe leaking

There are pipes inside your walls and underground. This is not an easy task to detect a leak in plumbing that is hidden. One way you can check whether there is a leak is to check the water meter. This is what measures the amount of water used in the house. Check the reading when all faucets, appliances connected to the water pipes and toilet is turned off so that you are assured there is no location in your house that is using water at the moment. After confirming this, you can check the water meter to see if it is moving. If there is no leak, the water meter should not move.

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