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How to detect water leaks in your home

Sometimes, it can be all too easy to know when there is a leak in your home. A toilet that won't stop running or a wet wall are pretty big indicators that something has gone wrong with your plumbing system. But that doesn't mean those are the only indicators that you have a problem. Issues with the plumbing can often be subtle and, unfortunately, can go undetected until a substantial amount of damage has already been done. Prevent this from happening by always being on the lookout for potential leaks!

Here are a few ways that you can determine whether there is leakage in your household:

  • Check the meter: Every once in a while, you should go outside and inspect the water meter to make sure that everything is sound. If you notice that the flow indicator gauge is still running even with nobody using the water, you have a leak somewhere in your pipes.
  • High water bill: You likely know what you and your family spend on average on water each month. If the bill comes in the mail and you find that the amount has skyrocketed for no real reason, the answer is you have a leak. Gallons of water can be lost to leaks and wasted each day, which can take a significant financial toll.
  • Low water pressure: If the water pressure in your shower or sink is lower than it usually is, there is a smaller amount of water being transferred through the pipes successfully due to a leak.

If you find that you are having problems with your home's internal system, schedule an appointment today with John C. Flood for our Fairfax, Virginia plumbing services.