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How to Tell if You Have a Leaky Pipe | NYC Plumbing Services

All around your property are a series of pipes that are all designed to quickly and easily bring water to sinks, bathtubs, and more. Most of the time these pipes work properly, but over time, all pipes have a tendency to break down, and in some cases it could lead to the development of a leak.

Signs to Detect Leaks

Small puddles inside and outside of your Brooklyn property and rising water bills can be an indication that you have a leak. The smallest leak can quickly use gallons of water and cost you hundreds extra in expenses every year and, in some cases, may lead to property damage that can cost thousands to fix.

Luckily, there are some ways to determine if you actually have a leak in your pipes before it becomes a series problem.

Step 1: Making Sure There IS a Leak

Before you move forward, take the time to check your fixtures to see if they are leaking. Turn off all you water and go around to check for consistent drips from faucets and showers, as well as listening for the running of your toilet. Check your hot water heater to make sure that there are no puddles, and check your irrigation lines for damp spots if you have them. If you don’t find anything during this search, then it may be time to use your water meter to check for underground leaks.

Using Your Water Meter to Detect Leaks

You can easily determine if you have any leaks in your home with your water meter. If you don’t know where you water meter is, call you water company and ask them for that information. Once you know where it is, follow these steps:

  1. 1.Go through your home and make sure that all of your faucets are turned off tightly and all water-consuming appliances such as ice-makers are turned off. Make sure that everyone in the building knows to not use water for half an hour.
  2. 2.Go outside and check the position of the needle on your water meter dial. Write it down so you can compare later.
  3. Wait for half an hour, then return to your water meter and check the position of the needle. If it has changed, you have a leak in your home that is not in an obvious location on your property.

Hidden leaks can be difficult to locate and fix by yourself, in addition to raising your water bill. If you used this test to check your home for leaks, and found that you do have a problem, contact Empire Plumbing today at 718.494.7301. Our licensed and experienced leak technicians will complete a thorough inspection and fix your problem quickly.