3 Things To Know About Water Leaks In Your Home

Water Restoration

Where Water Leaks Happen:

Because undiscovered water leaks can cause significant damage to your home before the signs of water damage are apparent, it’s important to be aware of the most common places water leaks occur and to check these areas whenever completing home maintenance tasks. It’s also helpful to know what signs to look for that may indicate a water leak is happening.

One of the most common places water leaks occur is in the bathroom. Bathroom water leaks can be caused by a loose toilet flange, a cracked floor or shower tile, or a broken toilet supply line. If you notice any water or soft flooring around your toilet, take action immediately to fix the problem. Otherwise, you could end up with serious water damage to your bathroom walls and floors.

Another common place water leaks occur is under kitchen sinks. Kitchen water leaks are often caused by faulty plumbing, such as a loose pipe connection or a crack in the supply line. If you notice water pooling under your kitchen sink, it’s important to shut off the water and call a plumber immediately.

In our experience however, the most common causes of kitchen water damage are water leaks from dishwashers and refrigerator ice maker lines. Pull these appliances out at least once per month to check that all connections are secure, lines are free of rust and wear, and there are no signs of pooling water or damp flooring and walls.

A metal water supply line from a dishwasher that has rusted through and caused water damage to a Spokane home's kitchen. Water leaks from broken or loose appliance water lines can cause significant water damage if left undetected.
Water lines on dishwashers and refrigerator ice makers should be checked regularly to prevent water damage to floors and walls.

Other Places Prone to Water Leaks

Roof and gutter on a Spokane home during winter, with snow, ice, and icicles. Ice dams are a frequent cause of water leaks during the colder times of year and can cause significant water damage to attic and interior walls, ceilings, and floors.
Ice dams can cause expensive water damage to attics, ceilings, walls, and floors.

Causes of Water Leaks:

Water leaks can be a serious problem in any home or business. They can cause extensive damage to your property and can even affect human health by causing mold to grow if left unaddressed. There are many different causes of water leaks, so it’s important to be aware of the potential risks. 

The most common cause is cracked pipes. This can occur for a number of reasons, including: 

  1. Age: Older pipes are more likely to become cracked or damaged. 
  2. Temperature changes: All pipes can expand and contract in response to freezing and thawing, which can cause them to crack over time. 
  3. Poor installation: If pipes are not installed properly, they may be more likely to crack or leak.
  4. Corrosion: Pipe corrosion from rust and/or hard water deposits can also lead to cracks and water leaks.
  5. Materials: Depending on the age of your home, your plumbing may consist of brittle plastic piping prone to cracking. Ask a plumber to evaluate if you think this may be the case.
how to check for water leaks in roofing and gutters
Clogged gutters may not seem like a big issue…until they cause expensive water damage in your home. It’s best to keep them clear, particularly during spring and fall rains.

Other water leak causes include: 

Water leaks in your garden
An outdoor water leak can potentially cause indoor water damage. 

Easy Ways to Find Hidden Water Leaks in Your Home:

If you know the signs, you can easily be aware of hidden water leaks in your home. Here are some quick ways to find other leaks. 

Check your water bill
If your last water bill has changed, it may be a sign that a leak is present.

Water Bill

If you see a sudden increase in your water bill, it may be a hint that you have a water leak. Pay close attention to your water usage and if you notice any unusual spikes, check for leaks. Even a small leak can waste a lot of water and raise your bill significantly. 

Of course, there could be other reasons for a high water bill, so it’s always best to check with your water company first. But if they can’t find an explanation, it’s time to start checking for leaks.

Water Meter Test

If you’re worried about a hidden water leak, one of the best places to look at first is your water meter. Most water meters have a small leak indicator that can help you identify even very small leaks. To check the water meter for leaks:

1. Locate your water meter. If you don’t know where it is, you can usually find it near the water main for your home.

2. Check the leak indicator on your water meter. If it’s moving, even very slightly, you may have a water leak.

3. Note the reading on your water meter. Wait an hour or so, and then check the reading again. If the reading has changed, you may have a plumbing leak.

Check Your Water Usage

One of the best things you can do is track your household water usage. According to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), on average, each person uses about 80-100 gallons of water per day for indoor domestic use. If your home has more water usage than expected, you may need to check the plumbing system for water leaks. 

Use this USGS online form to get an estimate of your own home water usage. 

try the bathroom tint test for water leaks
If you’re unsure your toilet is leaking, try the bathroom tint test.

Try the Bathroom Tint Test

A majority of household water is used to flush toilets, followed by showers and baths. One easy way to detect a toilet leak is to use toilet dye tablets. Simply drop one of these into your toilet tank and wait for it to dissolve. If the water in the bowl turns the same color as the tablet, a leak is present. You can then call a professional plumber and have the leak fixed.

There are a few things you can do to prevent water leaks, such as regularly checking your roof and gutters for damage. If you do find a water leak, repairing it as soon as possible is essential. Depending on the severity of the leak, you may be able to fix it yourself, or you may need to hire a professional, such as PuroClean. In either case, be sure to take action right away to avoid further damage to your home.

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Last edited on 30th of August 2022