How to Check For Leaks Around Your Home

Leaks might seem like inconsequential things that you can ignore, but they’re very dangerous – not because of the initial damage they wreak, but because of what they can potentially do. The deadliest kind of leak is one in your plumbing system since it may damage your home and drive up your water costs. Read on as Handyman Connection of Central Chicago discusses how to spot leaks around your home.

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Check the Leak Indicator

Before you do an in-depth inspection around your house, we suggest you check the leak indicator on your meter to determine if it is a leak in the plumbing system. It should look like a small triangular dial or a small wheel. If it’s moving, then there’s a leak.

Now, you’ll want to check if the leak is coming from the outside or within the house. You can easily tell if it’s outside if the leak indicator still moves even after you turn off the main shut off valve. If not, then the leak is inside your home.

Check for Pools of Water

Another way to check for leaks without using the meter is to check for pools of water. Depending on how extensive the plumbing system is, they can appear anywhere. We recommend checking the basement to see if there are some small to medium-sized pools of water. If there are, then it’s likely you have a leaking plumbing system.

DIY or Professional Help?

You can actually address most plumbing leaks on your own; that is, if you have the necessary materials and equipment, and if you can properly locate the origin of the leak. If you’re not sure where the leak is coming from or if the moisture damage is already extensive, then we suggest you have our team do it for you.

At Handyman Connection of Chicago Central, we offer professional plumbing services. We know how to spot plumbing leaks and address them properly before they become more expensive problems in the future. Fill out our form or give us a call at (312) 265-3886 for a free estimate on our services.

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