If you’re looking for indoor house leaks, you’ll probably have an easier time finding them. Soggy walls, stains and mold build-up are some common signs that indicate there is a leak in your home. But when it comes to leaks in more hidden places, such as underground, it’s a lot harder to detect them. Don’t worry though, because the pros at Leak Finders are here to help! Here is a guide on how to detect a water leak underground.
1. Check Your Water Meter
One of the best ways to check for a hidden or underground leak in your home is to look for any drastic changes in your water meter. Your water meter can either be found in your basement or located near the curb in front of your home in a concrete box marked “water”. Before you check the meter, turn off every faucet and appliance in your home that uses water. Then, lift the lid away from the water meter box (it’s going to be heavy) and look at the meter.
If your water meter has a small dial, that dial is meant to be a leak detector. If it’s still moving after you have turned everything off, water is flowing through the meter, meaning you have leak. If you don’t have this leak detector dial, take a pencil and mark wherever the main dial is pointing. Wait 30 minutes with the water completely off—if you notice that the needle has moved from where you marked, there is a leak somewhere.
2. Check Your Basement and Crawlspaces
If you have a basement, make a habit of checking it for stains, mold and mildew, and any pools of water. Musty smells are also an indicator of the classic underground water leak. If you notice any of these signs or maybe of combination of them, you might be dealing with a hidden underground leak—it’s best to call your plumber when you see these signs.
3. High Water Bills
If your water bill fluctuates a little bit here and there, that isn’t really cause for concern. However, if you notice a major increase in your bill over the last few months or so, there is a chance you have a hidden leak. Make sure you take care of the leak immediately as your water bill could increase exponentially!
4. Yard Sinking
If you notice wet patches in your yard or you find the ground to be sinking, you might have a pretty big underground leak. Don’t ignore it for too long as it can damage your yard and other parts of your home.
Have any more questions about how you can detect a water leak underground? Get in touch with the pros at Leak Finders! Our team of professionals will be more than happy to answer your questions and help you detect and fix any leaks in your home. Call us today at 804-767-3580 or schedule a service with us on our website!