How to check for water leaks in and around your home

Many water leaks are undetectable and aren’t noticed until it’s too late and there is significant water damage to your home.

However, there are some signs to look out for and ways to check that can alert you to the problem before it becomes an emergency.

Signs of water leaks

Rising water bills

If your water bill or water meter climbs you aren’t noticeably using more water than usual then this could indicate there is a leak in or around your home causing you water consumption to be rising without you knowingly using more water. Regularly check your water meter and bills so you can notice any spikes in water usage sooner rather than later.

Damp smells

Odours may indicate a water leak, especially if a particular room starts to smell damp or fusty. Directing the plumber to the damp or fusty room may help them diagnose the source of the leak and put a stop to it sooner!

If your walls or floors have wet areas

Damp patches on ceilings or walls when nothing has been spilled on them can indicate a leak below the surface. By the time the water is showing through the floor or ceiling the leak is significant and a plumber should be called immediately.

Hearing running water

If you hear running water when there are no taps running, this could indicate a leak.

Trying to fix leaks yourself is not a good idea unless you know that it is an easy fix. If you have a leaking pipe, or a suspected yet undetected leak it is best to hire a plumber who will know how to find and fix the leak.

A plumber will also be able to check in and around your home for other leaks that you may not be aware of. Having your property checked and all leaks fixed at the same time will save you time and money in the long run.