How to Locate a Hidden Water Leak

For whatever it’s worth, hidden water leaks don’t stay hidden forever.  Sooner or later, they’ll signal their presence, but usually well after they’ve inflicted some degree of harm.

That’s right: the longer a hidden water leak goes undetected, the worse the potential ramifications.  Conversely, the sooner you notice and report signs of a water leak, the better off you’ll be.

Here are the most telltale signs of residential hidden water leaks: 

  • An unusually high water bill
  • Water meter readings that change even when no water is being consumed
  • Chronic sewer backups
  • A toilet that won’t stop running
  • The sound of running water when no water is being used
  • Spongy, soft, or discolored walls
  • Musty odors from floors, walls near drains, or sewers
  • Warm areas on concrete floors
  • Mildew or excessive moisture under carpets
  • Unusually wet or moist areas in your yard when the rest of the yard is dry

Where do hidden water leaks most often occur?  Let’s have a look:

  • Toilet – A silent leak can start once the rubber parts become worn.
  • Under sinks or inside cabinets – While you probably look under your kitchen sink routinely, do you frequently open other cabinet doors that conceal a water line?
  • Behind your refrigerator – Water can start leaking when something goes wrong with the water line connection.
  • Bath or shower – When faucet handles no longer shut completely, a slow drip will likely follow.
  • Water heater – Inspect your storage tank water heater occasionally to see if water has formed around its base. If so, the inside of the tank has probably corroded beyond repair.
  • Washing machine hoses – Likewise, a small leak in a washing machine hose can quickly become a major catastrophe should it break. If the hose looks worn, it’s a good idea to install a stainless-steel replacement.

If you spot signs of a water leak, don’t wait – contact Anthony’s Plumbing, Heating & Air. We’re all the plumber you’ll ever need.

How to Locate a Hidden Water Leak