Water Leak Detection – FAQs

Every homeowner can anticipate dealing with a plumbing leak at some point. Most leaks are small and can be easily repaired. However, sometimes there are leaks that go unnoticed because they are located in a place where the homeowner cannot see them. Fortunately, there are plumbers who specialize in water leak detection who can identify plumbing leaks and repair them for you. Here are some frequently asked questions regarding water leak detection.

Q. I think I might have a water leak in my plumbing system, but I’m not sure. How can I tell?
A. One way to determine whether you have a water leak somewhere in your plumbing system is to check your water meter. First, make sure that all faucets and any appliances that use water are turned off. Then, go take a look at your water meter. If the meter is moving while all faucets and appliances are turned off, then there is a leak somewhere in the system.

Q. My water meter isn’t showing excess usage, but I can see water damage in my house. What does that mean?
A. Some leaks are small enough that they can show signs of water damage without increasing your water consumption enough to activate the water meter. Another possibility is that the water damage is coming into your home from an outside source.

Q. Are my water pipes inside the concrete slab of my home?
A. When a house is built on a slab foundation, the pipes are usually located in the soil underneath the concrete pad, not actually within the concrete.

Q. How much water do most households use each month?
A. On average, a household of three people uses between eight and ten thousand gallons of water each month. This does not include water consumption for sprinkler or irrigation systems.

Q. If my toilet is running, will it affect my water bill?
A. Absolutely. If your toilet is running, it can use as much as 200 gallons of water per hour. You will definitely notice that on your water bill. If your toilet is running, have it repaired right away.

Q. How do plumbers find water leaks that aren’t easily visible?
A. Many plumbers use electronic leak detection. This allows them to find leaks that aren’t visible without tearing into your wall or foundation. Video detection can also be used to inspect your pipes and sewer lines.

Q. What happens if I don’t find the leak and have it repaired?
A. A leak that goes undetected will not go away; it will just get bigger. Eventually, the leak will cause significant water damage if left untreated. This can end up meaning extensive and costly repairs. In addition, you will continue to pay for water that you aren’t using due to water loss caused by the leak. Over time, this can represent a significant amount of money.

Q. If I have a plumbing leak, does it mean that my pipes need to be replaced?
A. Often, a leak is just a leak. One leak does not mean that the entire plumbing system is failing. If you have had many leaks and your plumbing system is getting older – 15 to 30 years old – then it might be time to have your home re-piped.

If you suspect that you have a water leak somewhere in your home, call Scott English Plumbing to perform water leak detection. We use electronic leak detection and video inspection to find plumbing leaks in your home and get them repaired promptly. Scott English Plumbing offers 24/7 emergency service, so call us now.