When you have a weekend of to-do’s you may want to add locating leaks around your home to the list. A leak can waste a substantial amount of water depending on where it’s located and how large the leak is. Here are a few tips for checking in and around your home for a leak. (Tips credit were e-mailed into us via Rooterman; an Orange County plumber.
Tips to Find a Leak at Home
- Meter line.
Locating Toilet Leaks
Many toilet leaks are simple DIY fixes. Start by opening the tank and listening for any strange hissing noises. This indicates there’s a leak in the toilet. Once you determine where the leak is in the toilet, you can assess whether it’s something you can take care of on your own or if you need to contact a plumber. There are countless YouTube videos with instructional DIY tips for repairing easy toilet leaks. Remember that if the toilet leak is beyond your skills, contact a plumber. You don’t want to make the problem bigger than what it is.
Part 1 on Leak Fixing:
Part two goes a bit more into the technical aspects of leak detection and toilet repair and will require you to have at least some experience in handyman work.
Locating Leaks on Meter Line
Checking the meter line is next on the list. If you can locate the leak, this can save you money once the plumber visits your home because you’ll save a lot of time. Finding a leak on the meter line may sound complex, but all it takes is a little patience and elbow grease. 4Rooterguy, a small Rooter business that specializes in
drain cleaning in Orange County recommends that If you have a shut-off valve, go ahead and turn it off. If the meter continues to turn, that means there’s a leak on the line. If you do not have a shut-off valve, the meter may be under the grass or dirt. Dig around for it and do the same thing (turn it off) and watch for the meter to remain turning indicating water is still being released.
A few miscellaneous tips
Walk the yard for the meter to see if there are areas where the leak is obvious. This can mean a suspiciously wet or muddy area or swatch of grass that always grows lush and green in comparison to the rest of the yard.
If you turn off the valve and the meter stops moving this could indicate the leak is in the home. At this point, you will have to go through the external pipes you have access to in your home to see if you can spot a leak. You may need to contact a Fullerton plumber for help. As with the toilet leak, stick to areas you’re comfortable working on and call in a professional if you feel the job is beyond your DIY skill level.