Water Leaks: Is Your Money Running Down the Drain?

Water can be your friend or foe. Of course we need water to survive, but water with no boundaries and left unchecked can wreak havoc on your home and your wallet. If your utility bill has been climbing without any usage increases on your part, it’s time to check for a water leak!

Some Obvious Signs of Water Leakage

  1. Stains on the ceiling. Water could be pooling on the other side of the drywall.
  2. Damaged wall finishes. Peeling paint or wallpaper can be signs of a leaking pipe that’s creating excessive moisture beyond that of regular use condensation.
  3. Rust around sliding shower doors. Water is getting out while bathing.
  4. Loose floor tiles around tubs and shower enclosures. Persistent water exposure has weakened the base around your tub and can allow for water to go further into your structure and effect joists and ceilings below.
  5. Pooling around the base of your toilet. Seal is broken. Could need new rubber or wax ring.
  6. Dripping faucets and shower heads. Could need new cartridge or washer.
  7. A drastic change in water pressure.
  8. Pooling around appliances, such as dishwasher, fridge water lines or washer. Where possible, move the appliance out of the way to confirm the source of the water.

Some of these may be caused by human error in not closing taps all the way or ensuring shower closures are not gaping while the water is running. Paying attention to these things is more important than you might think. Stains on the ceiling could be the cause of persistent water dripping down the side of a tub or shower and pooling on the drywall. Prevention is worth a pound of cure. Periodically checking the integrity of your bathroom fixtures is a good practice to adopt.

Hidden Signs of Water Leakage

We say hidden here because they may not be in your direct line of sight in any given day and require a little more effort on your part to source them.

  1. Water stains underneath your sink pipes. Could mean a gap in the pipes or a loose connection in the taps.
  2. Listen to the toilet tank for hissing. You could have a weak flapper valve or need an adjustment on the mechanism to ensure a good seal. Water could be continually flowing and you wouldn’t even know it. We all know what it sounds like when a toilet runs…this is more subtle than that.
  3. Check the house humidifier refill valve. It may fail to close and water can be escaping out through the drainage system.
  4. Water under your hot water tank may be a sign that the valve is malfunctioning and leaking.
  5. Test your sink and tub drains. Water could be seeping around the edge of the drain even while plugged with a stopper. Fill the sink or tub and mark the line of the water. Check it again after an hour to see if it has changed levels.
  6. A musty smell is a sign of hidden accumulated moisture. This can be the cause of pipe leaks as well as other forms of water penetration from outside.
  7. Exposed pipes in basements and crawlspaces may show signs of corrosion or moisture. Check corresponding studs and joists for any rotting. This will indicate a persistent slow leak.

After checking each of these areas and finding no results, you can gain peace of mind by doing a whole house meter check. Turn off all your water sources and ensure that no one in the house uses anything for 15 minutes. Mark the original number on your water meter. After the time is up, check the meter again for signs of movement. If there is a change, you may have a water leak. Verify that any water filters, water softeners or whole house humidifiers are not the cause. The meter test is best for large leaks.

Many of these are manageable DIY projects but if you think there’s a problem you don’t feel qualified to handle, we are more than happy to come out and diagnose it for you. Alternatively, why not sign up for our annual maintenance program? A small price for the reward of a safe home.


3 replies
  1. Alicia Parker
    Alicia Parker says:

    Post are more informative.Signs & Tips for water leakage are really benefit for preventing water leakage in home.Thank you for the share.I would like to share this post with my friends.Keep Posting & sharing.

  2. Alojamiento web
    Alojamiento web says:

    If you’re convinced it’s not condensation, closely inspect any plumbing to the water heater, valves, and the tank itself. If the leak is not obvious, use paper towels to wipe down all wet areas and take some time to observe to see if any area shows signs of water. Fortunately, water has to obey the laws of gravity so start from the top and work your way down.

  3. MPG Perth
    MPG Perth says:

    Drain blockage could also be responsible for water leakage in my opinion. It is always a good idea to get your hot water install inspected by a professional plumber every now and then to prevent emergency issues !


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