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Water leaks around the house can be obvious, but sometimes they are hard to spot. The best way to find them is to inspect all your water sources.
Water leaks are often undetectable, but there are ways to find out if you have water leaks even if you don't have a leaking tap. These are some things to look and listen for:
* If you hear water running, even when no water is running, you may have a leak.
* Your water metre changes even when you aren't using more water.
* Your water bill climbs over a period of months.
* Walls or floors have wet areas even though nothing has been spilled on them.
* Foul odours may indicate a water leak.
* If you have a concrete floor, a warm area may be a sign of a water leak.
These are all potential signs of a water leak, but you will also have to look carefully for water leaks.
Outdoors, you may also have water leaks. A leaking outdoor faucet is easy to fix, but what about the pipes under the house or underground? One indication can be a damp spot on the ground when there are no damp spots in other locations. You may also notice a damp spot on your driveway or perhaps a puddle forms when there hasn't been rain.
Another way to detect outdoor leaks is to use a screwdriver. Put the screwdriver against the faucet and place your thumb knuckle against the screwdriver. Use your ear to listen for water leaks. The screwdriver works like a stethoscope and you can hear leaking in the pipes. Go to every outdoor faucet and if the sound is louder in one faucet, you are probably close to the leak.
If you have a swimming pool or spa, they can leak, too. Pools always lose water due to evaporation, but if there is a leak, it may be hard to detect. The first step is to check around the filter, heater and pipe valves. Next, look for wet spots around the pool area. Look for wet areas in the soil and sunken or eroded areas. While water does evaporate, you shouldn't lose more than 5mm or 10mm per day. Place tape at the top of the water line and come back and see how much water has evaporated. If it is more than 10mm, you probably have a leak.
Sewerage leaks can be hard to detect. Common causes of sewerage leaks are tree roots and leaking joints. You may notice a damp spot, but since sewerage pipes are underground, you may not notice a damp spot. If you suspect a sewerage leak, a plumber can use a camera to find the source of the leak.
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