If your water bill increased drastically you may have a leak somewhere in your home. In some cases, a leak is easy to find but in others it is much more difficult. Fortunately, there are ways you can find the leak no matter where it is located. Below is some more information about this so you can get your water bill back to normal again.
Leak Under Sink
The first thing to check is for leaks inside your home in the plumbing pipes. The leak may be underneath your kitchen or bathroom sink. If you do find water there, wipe each connection with a dry tissue. If the tissue gets wet then this is where your leak is.
You may find the leak on the valve stem on the shutoff valve. If so, tighten the nut. If you still have a leak you will need to replace the valve.
There could be a leak at the slip joint on the drainpipe. Fill the sink with water and let it drain. Watch the joint as the water drains to see if you see water leaking. If so, the joint may need to be tightened or may need to be replaced.
Sewer and Drain Line Leaks
There may be a leak in the sewer and drain line. The only way to do this is to use a sewer camera. You would need to hire a professional to do this work for you. They will insert the camera into the drain line and there is a display showing the plumber what the camera is seeing. If the camera finds a leak the plumber will know exactly where it is coming from so it can be repaired.
Some signs you will have a leak include an odor inside your home when the water is running and water standing on top of the drainfield.
Leak Detection Systems
If you would like to detect leaks on your own, you can purchase a leak detection system. One type of system is a passive leak detection, which is generally battery-operated. It will sound an alarm if the moisture sensor gets wet. Another type of system is the active leak detection system. It also sounds an alarm if a water leak is found and automatically turns off the water flow.
If you choose an active leak detection system you can choose one that monitors only certain appliances, such as your washer or dishwasher or purchase a much larger system that monitors your entire home. Because this system shuts off the main water supply if it finds a leak, you would not come home to a flooded house if the leak happens while you are gone.
The plumber that you hire can give you much more information about finding leaks and how leak detection systems work.
For more information, talk to a professional like First Class Plumbing of Florida Inc.