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Detecting Plumbing Leaks around Your Home

According to the U.S. EPA, the average household loses about 10,000 gallons of water per year through plumbing leaks. And this can mean damage to the property, a big cleanup job, high bills, and a depletion of natural resources. Learn how to spot hidden leaks from your water line, sewer line, and toilet in today’s guide.

Water Line

When there is a leak in your water line, there won’t necessarily be a pipe burst disrupting your daily life. Sometime the signs are a lot more subtle, so look out for these signs or call a professional plumber for water leak detection:

  • Damp, dark spots on walls or ceilings
  • Moisture in the carpet or around the perimeter of the home
  • Low water pressure
  • The sound of rushing water underneath the property
  • Warm spots on the floor of your home

Sewer Line

When there is a leak in the sewer line, you want it fixed ASAP to avoid an even more costly and rather unpleasant situation. Check for:

  • The smell of sewage around the property
  • Slow-moving drains
  • Backup through the drains
  • Patches of grass that grow quickly or seem greener than the rest of the yard
  • Inexplicable moisture in the yard


Another place leaks can go undetected is the toilet, because leaks don’t always mean an overflowing bowl or tank. A leak between the tank and the bowl may cause the following issues:

  • Longer than average flush times
  • Trouble with the flusher handle
  • Running sounds when the toilet is not in use

But this won’t always be the case. You may have to perform a dye test—dropping some food coloring into the tank and waiting several minutes to see if it leaks to the bowl—or you can call a plumber to do this for you. Plumbers have dye tablets specifically for this purpose, and they can help you determine what to do about the leak.

Do you suspect leaks in your plumbing system? Call our super friendly team for exceptional service in Jupiter, FL today!

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