Month: June 2020

How to Detect a Water Leak Under Your Driveway

While some household leaks are easy to troubleshoot, others are a lot harder to detect and fix. One of these more “difficult” leaks is under driveway leaks—they are less easy to pinpoint, trickier to repair, and can cause significant damage over time. Luckily, the pros at Leak Finders can help you detect a water leak in your driveway. Here is a guide on what signs to watch out for!

  1. Water Accumulating Around Home

This is a pretty obvious sign, but if you notice water accumulating on or around your driveway, or in the grass around your driveway, you might be dealing with a leak. Unusual dampness or puddles could be caused by various things such as burst or corroded pipes or even worse, a water main leak. Water main is a large pipe connected to your service pipe, which brings water from the main source into your home. If you have a water main leak, you have a major leak on your hands, and it is best to contact a professional as soon as possible.

  1. High Water Bills

If the leak isn’t as obvious as accumulation on or around your driveway, it will show up on your water bill. Look at your water bill and see if you notice a spike in the price from the last month’s. This should be the first indication that there is a leak issue in your home.

  1. Loss of Water Pressure

If you are losing a great deal of water, whether it’s a leak from a smaller pipe or from a water main, chances are you will see a decrease in water pressure. There are several ways you can find out the water pressure in your home. You can either use a pressure gauge from your nearest home improvement store or, if you are on city water, you can ask the local water department for a pressure reading. The ideal pressure reading is 45-55 psi. If you notice the pressure is significantly lower, you might be dealing with a leak.

  1. Rumbling or Hissing

The water main enters your house from below ground level, where either your basement or crawlspaces are most likely located. Check if there are any unusual noises coming from your basement when water is not being used. If you notice an odd rumbling or hissing coming from here, you might be dealing with a leak that could potentially cause puddles or deformities in your driveway.
The Pros at Leak Finders Can Help!
If you realize you have an under-driveway leak, don’t hesitate to call the experts at Leak Finders. With our advanced acoustical and thermal technologies, we can dig around for leaks and fix them in no time. We can even patch up your driveway, so the repair isn’t even noticeable. If that sounds like the kind of service you want, get in touch with us today! Call us at 804-767-3580 or schedule a service on our website!