Troubleshooting a Water Line Leak

Your main water line on a public water system runs from its connection with the municipal water supply to your home. This water line provides your entire home with its water, making it a crucial pipe to keep in good repair. Since this line is underground, a leak is not always easy to detect. Knowing the signs and how to troubleshoot water leaks can help you know what type of water pipe repair you may need. Here are some tips on detecting a water leak issue.

  • Water usage. One of the first signs that you may have a water leak is a change in your water usage and utility bill. If your water bill spikes due to excessive water use that is unusual, you may have a major water leak.
  • Wet ground. If your main water line has a leak, it will be seeping into the ground in your yard. Even before you get a high water bill, you can spot a problem if there is a wet spot in your yard above where the water line runs.
  • Check the water meter. To determine whether a leak is inside the home or in your main water line, shut off your main water valve to your home. If the leak is inside the home, the water meter will stop running as the water supply is no longer entering the home. If it keeps running, water is pumping out through a leak in your water line between the meter and your home.

Regardless of whether you have a leak in your main water line or inside your home, you will need an expert plumbing service to pinpoint and repair the issue. Call your local plumber as soon as you know you have a water leak before it become a bigger problem.

Posted on behalf of:
Bynum & Sons Plumbing, Inc.
2120 McDaniels Bridge Rd SW
Lilburn, GA 30047
(770) 736-8283

Do You Have an Interior Water Pipe Leak?

Inside your walls and under your floors water is flowing through the many water pipes that run throughout your home. Although you can’t see them, they are constantly doing their job, day in and day out, transporting water to and from your bathrooms and kitchen. But just like any water pipe, these interior lines can sprout a leak, which can cause major water and mold damage to your home. To protect your investment in your home and the health of your family, be on the alert for these signs of an interior water pipe leak.

  • Mildew smell. Does your home smell like you live at the beach, yet you are many miles from the nearest waterfront? That musty or mildew smell could be coming from inside your walls if a water pipe has a leak. Try to pinpoint where the smell is originating; if it is coming from a wall containing a water pipe, it may be time to call a plumber.
  • Water bill rising. You should always monitor your water usage if you are city water. Even a small leak can add up to hundreds of extra gallons of water used each month. If your water usage has increased, yet your lifestyle has stayed the same, you might want to get an inspection of your plumbing.
  • Water stains. The most obvious sign of a water leak is water stains on your walls or ceilings. This could mean a plumbing leak if it is near your interior water lines.

If you think it is possible you have a water leak, do not hesitate to call your local plumber. A water pipe leak can cause extensive and expensive damage to your home if not repaired quickly.

Posted on behalf of:
Metro Septic LLC
1210 N Tennessee St
Cartersville, GA 30120
(678) 873-7934

Prevent Water Leak Damage with an Automatic Water Shut-Off Syste

What would happen if you were away from your home for a few days and major water leak occurred? Unfortunately, this can happen, causing thousands of dollars in water damage and replacement costs. It is estimated that 2.5 million homeowners are victim to preventable flood damage from water leaks, causing billions of dollars in repairs. Although some damages may be covered by insurance, you may lose precious items like photos that cannot be replaced. A home automatic water shut-off system can prevent this from happening to you.

How Automatic Water Shut-Off Systems Work

With advanced technology, automatic water shut-off systems are very effective in preventing flooding from water leaks. These systems use strategically placed sensors throughout the home to detect water leaks, then shut off the water supply before major damage can occur. This is extremely beneficial to any homeowner that is often away from the home, giving them peace of mind while they are away.

Many of the new systems use wireless technology to send signals from the sensors to the automatic shut-off valves. These systems can often be incorporated into home automation systems, allowing homeowners to be notified by computer or smart phone when there is a water leak in their home. This is a major breakthrough in preventing extensive water damage and is a worthwhile investment into protecting your valuables.

Talk to your local plumber about the installation of an automatic water shut-off system in your home. In some cases, you may even qualify for a discount off your home insurance once the system is installed. It is the best way to protect your home from interior water damage from unexpected leaks.

Posted on behalf of:
Metro Septic LLC
1210 N Tennessee St
Cartersville, GA 30120
(678) 873-7934

Summer Water Leaks Often Go Unnoticed

Depending on the size of the leak, a water leak in your home can cost you hundreds or even thousands of dollars in wasted water not to mention the potential damage to your walls, ceilings, or foundation.  For many homeowners, the first sign of a water leak is a sudden increase in their water bill.

Unusually high water usage is an excellent indication of a water leak but in many cases, if the high water bill coincides with the beginning of warm weather most homeowners assume that the increased usage is due to an irrigation sprinkler system or from filling the swimming pool.

It is normal for water usage to increase in the summer months if you have a sprinkler irrigation system or swimming pool, but sometimes these increased water bills can hide the warning signs of a water leak.  In addition, swimming pools and irrigation systems are themselves common sources of water leaks especially if they have been sitting idle all winter.

Don’t just assume that your increased water bills are due to the normal summer increase in water usage.  It might be months before you realize that your water bill is not decreasing like it should at the end of summer and by then you will have wasted thousands of gallons of water.

Inspect your water bill closely and compare this month’s water usage with the water usage for the same month last year.  If there is a significant difference, you may have a water leak and need a water line repair.  Call your local plumber if you suspect a water leak. They can quickly identify the source of a water leak in your home and help you choose between your repair options.

Water Leaks Waste Water And Money

A water leak in your home can cost a lot more than most people think.  Even a small leak can add up to hundreds or thousands of dollars per year on your water bills.  A large water leak in your water service line can set you back over a thousand dollars per month!

Don’t let this happen to you – be vigilant and call your local plumber at the first sign of a water leak.  Repairing a water leak will cost far less than the cost of the wasted water.  In addition, underground water leaks in your water supply line can lead to insect problems or damage to your foundation.  Water leaks in the plumbing inside your home can cause expensive damage to walls, floors, and ceilings.

Your first line of defense against water leaks is to keep a close eye on your water bill.  If you see an unexplained rise in your water usage, this is usually the first sign of a water leak and you should investigate further.

Your water meter can help you determine whether you have a water leak in your home.  Locate your water meter and make a note of the reading on the meter.  Turn off all water using devices in your home including automatic ice makers, pool fillers, sprinkler systems, humidifiers, dishwashers, and other appliances.  Don’t flush any toilets or use any faucets for at least 4 hours, then check the meter reading again.

If the meter reading has changed, then you have a water leak and you should call your local plumber right away to have the leak repaired.  Your local plumber will be able to find the leak quickly and explain your repair options.


Locating a Water Leak

If you have a water leak in your home, finding the leak and having it repaired by a reputable local plumber as soon as possible is important.  Water leaks not only waste water and cost money, but water leaks can cause serious damage to your foundation, walls, floors, and ceilings.  Water leaks can happen in the water supply line that leads to your home, in the plumbing pipes inside your home, and in your plumbing fixtures.

Plumbing leaks in your fixtures are usually easy to identify.  A dripping showerhead or faucet will be obvious, but you may not notice a toilet that is leaking water internally.  You can check your toilets by adding a few drops of dye or food coloring to the tank.  If the water in the bowl changes color, then your toilet is leaking.  The flapper valve is the usual source of these leaks although you may have a malfunctioning or improperly adjusted fill valve.

Leaks in the interior plumbing of your home will often be easy to spot if they cause wet spots and water stains on ceilings, walls, and floors but you may not notice leaking water pipes under your home in your basement or crawlspace. Check under your home with a strong flashlight for dripping pipes, puddles, or damp earth. If your home is built on a slab, leaks underneath the slab can be hard to spot.  An unusually warm or cold area of your floor can indicated a leaky pipe under the slab.

A water leak in your water supply line or irrigation sprinkler system will usually appear as a soft or mushy spot in the yard that never seems to dry up.  If you suspect a water leak in your water supply line, your interior plumbing or in your plumbing fixtures, get the leak repaired quickly by a reputable local plumber.

Hi Tech Leak Detection

Do you think you might have a leaky pipe in the fresh water system inside your home?  These pipes are usually hidden in the walls and ceilings of you home and one way to look for the leak is to start knocking holes in the walls.  Similarly, if you suspect you have a water leak in the yard in your water service line or irrigation system, you can grab a shovel and start digging.

However, there is a better way to find leaky pipes without tearing up your home and your landscaping.  Most plumbers use high tech electronic leak detection equipment including ultrasonic or thermal imaging equipment to find leaks in water pipes hidden underground and behind walls, ceilings and floors.  Using this method, your plumber can pinpoint the location of the leak while avoiding unnecessary digging and damage to your yard or the inside of your home.

Ultrasonic leak detection equipment can detect sound made by leaking water that cannot be heard by the human ear.  Infrared thermal imaging equipment can detect moisture behind walls and under floors.  It not only detects leaks, but also identifies hidden water damage to floors, walls, and ceilings.  These cutting edge leak detection systems can even help locate leaks in water pipes underneath homes built on a slab.

If you concerned about the possibility of a water leak in your home, call a plumber with experience in non-destructive leak detection techniques such as ultrasonic or thermal imaging.  They will be able to precisely locate the leak and repair it with the least amount of damage to your home.