Detection of underground leaks can be challenging to detect. There are many types of leaks, and they can be difficult to find. Detection of these leaks is complicated because the water travels underground in streams instead of rivers, so it’s more challenging to detect where a leak might be. Here are three tips to help you detect underground leak problems at your home or business.
1- Check Your Monthly Water Bill and Your Water Meter
One easy way to tell if there is a problem with the water line near your home is to look at your monthly water bill. If the bill has increased dramatically, but you haven’t used more water, you probably have an underground leak. Most people do not use up all of their water each month; otherwise, the average person would be paying for limitless utilities!
Just make sure that you don’t mistake normal fluctuations in usage for a large increase that might indicate an underground leak. Keep your eye on it over time to make sure that it’s not just a temporary increase.
Your water meter is a running record of the amount of water that you use. By looking at it periodically, you can ensure that it’s not indicating a larger amount than what you might be using. If the numbers on your water meter are coming up higher than normal, this usually indicates an underground leak somewhere in your home.
Turn off all appliances and fixtures inside your home, including showers, toilets, sinks, and washing machines. This will ensure that no one uses any water while checking the meter since they could cause fluctuations themselves by turning them on or off. Next, compare the reading with prior readings to determine if there has been an increase over time. The longer the period between readings compared to earlier readings, the more likely there will be an increase in the amount of water used.
2- Listen and Look for Leaks
Underground leaks also usually produce some kind of noise and visual signs that something is wrong. You need to do both: listen and look. If you hear any strange noises coming from the water system, investigate the cause immediately.
Depending on where your home’s water line is located, you might be able to figure out what the sound was by looking around your property real quick for spilled water or mud, or other oddities along the surface of your lawn or driveway. When you look at the area where you heard the sound, if everything looks normal, but there is simply no explanation for why that sound happened (and it happens again), this might indicate a leak underground somewhere.
3- Look for Stains on Your Driveway
Another sign of an underground leak is stains on your driveway or sidewalk. Look closely at these areas to see if they look like they are wet most of the time, even when it has not rained recently. Suppose you find that any specific spots typically appear wet with no obvious explanation (such as hose spray getting stuck in one location). In that case, this is another indicator that you might have an underground leak somewhere.
Similarly, dry spots where all vegetation has died can indicate a problem area where water typically collects but does not stay due to a leak somewhere below ground. Before hiring anyone to fix your underground leaks, make sure you know exactly where they are located with the help of a professional.
Detecting an underground leak can be a difficult task, but with these three tips, it will become easier. Whether you hear running water or see stains on your driveway, check for any increase in monthly water bills and listen to what is going on around your home.