Detecting water leaks in your flat is extremely difficult. On the other hand, it is essential to trace these water leaks to prevent any damage that may cost lots of money and discomfort.
Potential leaks are just around the corner and fixtures of your flat. To help you troubleshoot water leaks, we have listed the following possible signs of water leaks in your flat:
Check-out the water meter
If your water meter dial is continually moving and reading even though you are not using the water, this means that there are leaks inside or outside your flats.
Hear a sound of water
Do not use any water for all your fixtures. If you hear a continuous sound of water near the water pipes, then it is a sign of a water leak.
Walls or floors are wet
If you noticed that your toilet floor is wet, there might be a leak in your toilet fixtures such as the flush tank, or the lavatory. For the washroom, check-out the lavatory pipes for any drops of water. Likewise, inspect the lavatory faucet for any flow of water.
For the flush tank, put a few drops of food colouring in the tank and wait for about half an hour without flushing. If you saw any coloured water in the toilet bowl, then, your tank has a water leak.
One of the most challenging problems in the flat is to see your wall wet. With this, you have to look for the origin of the water leak where it comes. It is not easy. It is advisable that you seek help from a certified plumber.
Increase in water bill
Suddenly, you are surprised to see your water bill escalates over a month. It is a symptom that somewhere in your flat has a water leak.
If you smell bad odours from the walls or floors near the drains, then, you have a water leak. Inspect for toilet and kitchen leaks.
Examine your faucet
Look over your drains if you think there is a water leak in your flat. Once you noticed there are drops of water from faucet even though it is closed, then you have already a worn rubber washer. You need to replace it or find a plumber to replace the worn rubber washer.
Broken pipes may cause leaks inside the wall leading to floors. Close all your faucets and do not use water. The tricky thing about this is you don’t know where is the broken pipe. Trace the water pipe system of your flat. Go near this water pipe system, and if you hear a sound of water similar to a running toilet in one part of the system, then the broken pipe is probably or near that location. Let an experienced plumber dig the fractured pipe and replace it with a new one.
The water leak is such a discomfort and not an easy thing to do. Once you noticed that you have a water leak, call a reliable and efficient plumber right away. It will prevent escalation of your water bill and keep you safe and healthy.