We understand how frustrating it can be to deal with an Arizona home water leak. Leaks can pop up anywhere and at any time, leaving you in a tough position to get the issue resolved. Home leaks are stressful, time-consuming, and costly—especially if they have created water damage that needs to be repaired. Plus, not all leaks are easy to locate and repair on your own. Without the proper tools and experience, you might not be able to fix the leak. Or worse—you might accidentally make the leak worse!
If you’re struggling with an Arizona home water leak, contact the pros at Leak Science! We have years of experience dealing with leaks throughout Arizona. No leak is too complicated for our expert team to handle. Call us at 480-794-0959 or contact us online to schedule your service appointment!
Your home is full of appliances that keep things running smoothly every day. As useful as these appliances are, they are unfortunately subject to water leaks. It’s important to keep an eye on your appliances to check for signs of wear, aging, or damage, which could all contribute to a leak. If you’re concerned about leaks in your appliances, here are the most common locations to check for Arizona home water leaks.
Some leaks start out small, making them difficult to locate among the maze of pipes in your home’s plumbing system. If you have never dealt with a leak before, it can be overwhelming to know where to start. Thankfully, there are a few ways to determine if you, in fact, have an Arizona home water leak. There is hardly anything more nerve-racking than a hidden problem in your home that is showing everywhere but the problem area itself. Fortunately, leak detection professionals have seen it all. Below is a guide of a few leak detection methods to help you determine where your leak might be coming from.
The first step to finding a leak is to turn off all the water in your home. To do this, simply shut off all faucets and make sure your washing machine and dishwasher are not running. Then, go check your water meter. If you see an immediate change, it’s likely you have a fast-moving leak. If the water meter doesn’t change immediately, wait for 1 or 2 hours and take another meter reading (but make sure no water is running in the meantime). If the reading has changed, you most likely have a slow-moving leak.
*Side note: The difference between a fast-moving leak and a slow-moving leak is that a fast-moving leak has a quick onset and the typical damage it brings is surface damage. A slow-moving leak can take days, months, or even years to be seen and the typical damage is structural.
Next, you should determine whether the leak is inside or outside your home. Your home’s main shut-off valve is usually in the basement or garage directly behind an outdoor faucet. It may also be outside below an outdoor faucet. Again, make sure you are not using any water and check the leak indicator for movement or use the meter reading method.
If the leak indicator is moving or the meter readings aren’t changing, then your leak is somewhere inside the house. Alternatively, if the leak indicator is moving and there is a change in the meter readings, then the leak is outside between the meter and your house. This can be a tricky task, so we recommend calling in a professional to help you.
If you notice your water bill rising and your habits haven’t changed, a leak is likely to blame. It’s important to know that some of your pipes may be underground and it’s very challenging to detect leaks in this part of your system without proper equipment and trained ears. We recommended contacting a leak detection company to thoroughly inspect all of the pipes.
It’s especially important to be aware of foul smells or signs of mold in your ceilings, walls, on the back of cabinets, and under basins. Catching signs like these as early as possible can save you thousands of dollars. Plus, mold and mildew are hazardous to your health, so the sooner you get rid of them, the better. Consider having a leak detection company come out annually to protect your home and your wallet.
If you suspect the leak is coming from your toilet, there is a quick way to test it. Add a few drops of food coloring to your toilet tank and wait 10 minutes. If the color appears in your bowl, you have a leak allowing water to flow from the tank to your drain without flushing. Call a plumber right away if this is the case!
This is a common problem, so don’t be alarmed if you are experiencing it. If the toilet handle needs to be jiggled to stop the toilet from running, the flush level bar and chain may be sticking. Adjust the nut that secures it in the toilet tank. If this does not solve your problem, your handle may need to be replaced.
Leaking faucets are fairly common in kitchens and bathrooms. These leaks are usually caused by a worn rubber washer located under the handle. Shut off the water under the sink or by shutting off the main shut-off valve. If you have the right tools, rubber washers are generally easy to replace.
Leak Science is your full-service leak detection company in Phoenix. We harness and utilize two things that generally make up leak detection: technology and science. Using highly sensitive equipment we are able to find the leaks inside and outside of your home that continue to cost you money every day until they are located and repaired. We’re also proud to service pool leaks as well.
We’re the only leak detection in the valley that manages the entire process. We find your leak, extract the concrete or flooring, and restore your swimming pool or home—like nothing ever happened.
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Our process begins with a detailed discussion between the homeowner and the leak detector. We take our time to fully understand the issue and the symptoms of the leak so we can get an idea of where to start looking.
We then inspect your home or pool and run tests to determine a potential leak. Next, we pressurize each pipe underground to see if there is a pressure loss. Then we locate the leak by using highly sensitive acoustics followed by our leak verification process.
Once we find the leak, we mark it with an “X” and get to work. (Fun fact: Did you know that most leaks occur in a 2’x2’ area?)
We rely entirely on our experience and knowledge with pools and spas, our process, equipment, and our own sense of sight and sound.
If you are experiencing a home water leak in Arizona, don’t hesitate to do everything you can to protect your home. The faster you act, the more money you save. Leak Science is here to help you through your questions and concerns with your leak detection and restoration challenges. If your home is over 25 years old, it’s important to be aware of the quality of your pipes. Have a top-rated water leak detection company check your home annually for leaks.