Leak Detection Can Take a Lot of Work But Is Well Worth Investing Your Time and Effort
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Leaking pipe with towel

Water leaks in your home can cause a lot of problems, which is why they need to be dealt with in a timely manner. Unfortunately, the first time many people discover a leak is often when you receive a water bill that seems a little too high. Sometimes, by the time you are aware of the leak, that excess water could have already caused significant damage—leading to additional expense.

If the leak is in the basement, for instance, or is coming from a burst and leaking pipe out-of-sight, you might not notice the point of origin. If you think you have a leak, however, you will definitely need to hunt high and low to find and fix it. There are three main reasons why you need to take this problem seriously:

  1. Destruction and damage caused to your home. From minor paintwork damage to large-scale destruction, leaking water can cost you a great deal of money in repairs. Obviously, the quicker you deal with it, the less damage and expense it will cause.
  2. Increased water bills. It goes without saying that the more water you use because of a leak, the higher your water bill is going to be. These costs can mount up very quickly.
  3. Environmental damage of wasting water. Water is a precious resource and wasting a lot of it due to leaking pipes is not good for the environment.

How to Track Down the Leak

It might sound like an easy problem to solve, but if a leak has gone undetected for a long period of time, it likely isn’t going to be in an easy-to-find place. If you or a family member has a particularly strong sense of smell, walk around the property, sniffing everywhere while listening for dripping water. Water, mold, and mildew will start to smell, and this could be your number-one asset in leak detection. Also look for damp patches on walls, ceilings, or flooring.

If the nose trick doesn’t help in your leak detection—but you are still convinced there is a leak—turn off all of your water-using appliances and write down the water meter reading. For the next four or five hours, don’t use any water in your home at all and then check the water meter again.

If the reading has increased, you have concrete proof that there is a water leak in your home. If you run this test and have verified your leak but are still unable to locate it, call our team of experts, who will come to your home and help you locate the leak.

Get Help for Leak Detection

Our team of professional plumbers has access to a lot of tools, such as special cameras on the end of flexible pipes, which let us inspect every inch of your plumbing system. Once we have found the leak, we can fix the problem quickly and efficiently for you.

Leaks are serious, but once they’re discovered, the repair process can start. Call on the professionals at Staggs Plumbing, a name you can trust.