has always been one of the more intricate plumbing services because it is so difficult to accurately find hidden leaks. But Daniel Fish Plumbing uses the state of the art equipment that always allows us to find the most economical solution for each unique problem. We use the right tools for your leak to accurately pinpoint any leak within a each plumbing system. Daniel Fish Plumbing is committed to find and repair the leak in most efficient manner possible. So when you suspect a leak at your house, call us – we’re the local experts on the matter!
Specialized Equipment and Knowledge:
In the Camarillo area Daniel Fish Plumbing has the specialized equipment and knowledge to find leaks and suggest options of repair that minimize damage to the house and cost. Daniel Fish Plumbing also does the repairs. Here are the things you can do to verify you have a leak.
How to Spot Hidden Plumbing Leaks in Your Home
Worried there’s a hidden water leak somewhere in or around your home? Here’s what to do.
Water leaks are a lot more common than you think. They can even persist for years without your knowing about them until it’s too late. Without early detection of hidden leaks, you could be facing rot and other types of expensive damage to your home.
The Problem: Hidden Water Leaks
A dripping faucet is easy to spot but what about all the hidden pipes in your home’s plumbing system? As a homeowner, you’re responsible for everything in the line after your water meter. What does that mean for you? It means you’ll need to watch out for plumbing leaks in places where it might not have occurred to you to check:
- In the underground sewer line or septic system
- Under the slab or foundation of your home
- Behind the walls of your home
- Under the floors of your home
Over the years, I’ve had a lot of homeowners ask me the same question:
If so many types of residential water leaks can take place in places that are normally out of sight, how do you know if you have a leak?
It’s a good question. Luckily, there are a few tricks of the trade homeowners can use to tell if they have a hidden water leak. And remember: just knowing to ask about hidden sources of water leaks means you’re already on your way to preventing a major disaster.
Here are a few simple ways to detect common water leaks in your home.
How to Spot a Leak
There are two main ways to tell if there’s a leak somewhere in your home’s plumbing system. One is to look at your water meter and the other is to perform a visual spot check and look for signs of a leak. Here are step-by-step instructions on how to do both.
1. Perform a Water Meter Test
Gone are the days when most of us get our water from a private pump in the back yard. Aside from a few rural areas, most homeowners pay for their water and receive it from a public utility. If you haven’t already, locate your home’s water meter. You’re going to need to take a look at it to check for a water leak.
Every water meter has a flow indicator. It’s a triangle that spins when you’re using water and stops spinning when no water is flowing. A good way to tell if you have a hidden leak is to:
- Turn all your water-related appliances off: dishwasher, washing machine, irrigation system, refrigerator (if it has an automatic ice maker or water dispenser), whole-home humidifier if you have one
- Tighten all your faucets to ensure they’re not leaking
- Look at the triangle. If it’s moving, you have a leak
Another water meter test you could try is this:
- Perform steps #1 & 2 from above
- Read the meter’s “gallons used” reading
- Wait a few hours
- Read it again and if it has changed, you’re using water without knowing it and you have a hidden leak
2. Look for Evidence of a Leak
If you suspect you have a leak in your home, Daniel Fish Plumbing can assist with professional leak detection equipment. But as a homeowner, there are a few things you can look for to spot a leak before it gets too serious:
- Spot the Signs. Look for water coming up through the slab of your home. This could mean there’s a burst pipe underground.
- Go Barefoot! Another way to spot a slab leak is to walk barefoot on your floors. If you feel a hot spot, there’s a hot water leak somewhere in your system.
- Check for Mystery Wet Spots. Is there an area in your yard that always seems to be moist for no apparent reason? There could be a leak.
- Follow the Money. Check your water bill over time. Has there been a noticeable increase that you can’t explain?
- Look for the Dreaded Cracks. Do you have cracks in the foundation of your home? They can be caused by water leaks. Same goes for cracks in the flooring.
- Listen for the Sounds of Silence. Water pumps should rest silently if no water is being used. If you have a pump, does it run when there’s no reason for it to be running?
- Use Common Sense to Spot the Obvious. Now for a few more obvious signs:
- Do you see stains on the ceiling or walls:
- Do you see mildew growing?
- Do you hear water running somewhere, even when you’re not running any appliances?
The Silent Enemy: Your Toilet
Finally, one of the most common places for water leaks to take place in the home is the toilet. But it’s frustrating for homeowners because a toilet leak is almost impossible to detect if you don’t know the trick. That’s because toilet leaks are silent.
To detect a toilet leak, get some food coloring and put a few drops in the tank of your toilet. If you see the color starting to appear in the bowl, there’s a leak. Toilet leaks come in many forms, however: you may have a bad gasket, a leaky valve, or a worn-out water fill valve, for example. A problematic toilet might mean it’s time to call in an expert.
I’ve Spotted a Leak… Now What?
Spotting your leak is just the first step in preventing major damage. Now you’ll need to know exactly where it’s coming from and what’s causing it.
If you’ve performed either of the water meter tests or if you’ve spotted physical evidence of a leak somewhere your home, Daniel Fish Plumbing can help. You’ll benefit from state-of-the-art equipment that’s designed to accurately find leaks anywhere in your home, from pipe locators to electronic amplification equipment that enables leak location with minimal disruption.
You Get Expert Service from the Owner Himself
It’s rare in this business, but when you call Daniel Fish Plumbing, you actually get the owner of the business himself to come to your home and do the work. It’s why we’re proud to say we have excellent customer satisfaction in the Camarillo area (and beyond).
Daniel Fish’s Promise: Customized Solutions for Your Home’s Water Leak Problems
Using the right tools and drawing upon all my years of experience with all kinds of leaks (and trust me, I’ve seen it all!), I can pinpoint your home’s leak problem and then work with you to find the most economical solution for your unique situation. I’ll also work to repair the water leak in a way that minimizes damage to your home. I stake my professional reputation and my livelihood on it: it’s my promise to you.