A Simple Guide to Checking Your Home for Leaks

Leaks are a common household problem, and while they start out harmless, they can cause extensive and costly damage if you leave them unaddressed. There are two kinds of leaks: plumbing and roof leaks. Spotting them in your home can be difficult to do.

In this post, our home improvement experts at Handyman Connection of Tuscaloosa share a simple guide that will help you effectively spot leaks in your home.

How to Spot Roof Leaks

Roof leaks are difficult to spot since they usually appear under the roof, a place that’s out of reach. You can still identify where they are by checking for their trail, though. Check for spots of moisture damage or pools of water in the attic. If you notice that the wooden parts of the roof structure have staining, then there’s a leak on the roof.

If you don’t have an attic, the best way to check is by looking at the wall corners and floors. Water trailing on the wall is a sign of a roof leak. The same goes for faded flooring as this is a result of moisture damage or water pooling on the floor itself.

Plumbing Leaks

Plumbing leaks are, thankfully, easy to spot since you can use your water meter to check it. There’s a strategy to go about this though: first, make sure no one’s using water in the house. Now, check if the leak indicator on your meter is moving. It’s a small triangle or silver wheel, depending on the model. If this meter moves even when all sources of water are turned off, then it’s likely that there’s a leak somewhere in the plumbing.

You’ll now have to determine if the leak is outside or inside. You do this by shutting off the water at the main shut-off valve. You can find this behind or below the main outdoor faucet. Check your leak indicator again; if the meter stops moving or there’s no change, then the leak is inside the house. If the leak indicator continues to move or there’s a sudden or abrupt change in the readings, then the leak is outside, likely somewhere between the meter and the house.

Keep this guide in mind to help you check for leaks in your home. As for addressing the leaks, leave that to experts like us. Our team from Handyman Connection of Tuscaloosa will patch all of your home’s leaks and prevent a more expensive problem in the future.

Contact us today at (205) 235-3311 or fill out our online form for more information on our services.

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