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Do You Have a Leak?

Oct 18, 2021

You might think this is a silly question to ask, but bear with us. Many homes across the country right now have leaks that are wasting water and money and the worst part about them is that homeowners don’t even know they’re occurring. Leaks come in all shapes and sizes, and some of those leaks can be tiny to the point of being barely noticeable.

When your water-using appliances are running multiple times a day, it can be almost impossible to detect a small leak. Some leaks, referred to as pinhole leaks, can only be detected through close examination or professional water leak detection in Albuquerque, NM.

Our job is to ensure you’re not wasting water from a leak and you’re saving as much money as possible. When you call us to detect a leak, we’ll find it and plug it no matter how big or small it is. Now, if you’re wondering how to detect whether your home is leaking at all, then keep reading.


Three Methods to Detect Small Leaks

The reason why small leaks deserve their own blog post is because you just can’t find them the same way you would with large leaks. Larger or even medium-sized leaks are fairly simple to find. You can usually heat the gushing water, you can see or accidentally step in the puddle in your bathroom, or you might even notice a decrease in your home’s water pressure.

With small leaks, most of those signs are non-existant. Your plumbing can be leaking right under your nose and you’d have no idea with a pinhole leak. That’s why we’ll give you three ways to tell if you have a small leak in your home.

Investigating Puddles

Any time you come across a puddle in your basement, or one of the rooms in your home, it’s important that you not ignore it. Sure, someone could’ve spilled a glass of water or it could be from the overnight rain causing your basement to be damp, but it also could be from a leak.

Check around and above the puddle as you clean it up. If you detect any water droplets during that time, or you see the puddle form again a few hours or days later, then you might have a minuscule leak that should be fixed.

Listening or Smelling for Mold

Sometimes small leaks can be detected by their sound. If you’re lucky, your leak might make a slight “dripping” noise every once in a while that you can catch if you pay close enough attention.

Also, any type of leak will contribute to mold growth. If you’re inundated with mold, or you think there’s some underlying cause to the mold you’ve been noticing in your home, then it could be from a leak!

Checking Your Water Meter

One nifty way to detect a leak is through your water meter. Turn off all the appliances in your home that use water and make sure that nobody is running a sink or a shower. Then, go outside and look at your water meter. If it still looks like your home is using water, even if it’s a tiny amount, then you might have a small leak that should be fixed.

Contact First Rate Plumbing Heating and Cooling Inc for help patching a leak. Quality work, exuberant service.

Categories: Plumbing