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Disaster of the Week: Tracing a Leak

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Leaking pipes can be a disaster for homeowners, but many have no idea how to actually identify and locate the source of these problems. Sometimes people will see a stain in their drywall or wet flooring that they misidentify as rain water or the remnants of a spill when it could be something more serious like a breached pipe. If you suspect that this may be what is happening, there are a few ways to find it, most of which are simple methods that only require eyeball tests and logical reasoning.

Follow these steps to determine whether you have a leak and, if so, where it is coming from:

  • Check around any appliances that have a supply line, such as your dishwasher or refrigerator. This may require moving the appliance itself, which can be a bit of a pain depending how large it is, but doing so will make it easier to spot a leak in the area behind and surrounding the device.
  • Look for buckling and peeling paint, as this could mean there is a leak on the other side of the surface.
  • Turn off all faucets and water sources in your home and check your water meter, making a note of where the needle is. Leave everything off for 8 hours, and check again. If the needle has moved, then you probably have a leak.

Once you've determined that you do have this problem, you should call an Arlington plumber to find out what needs to be done to fix the problem. Catching a leak early is paramount to avoiding sustained and catastrophic damage to your home, so contact the plumbing specialists at John C. Flood as soon as you suspect leaking pipes.