How to Tell if You Have a Water Leak

It's time for some detective work. The crime is a high-utility bill and the possibility of serious damage to your home. Here are a few ways you can trace down the source of costly leaks and figure out a way to deal with them.

Test the Meter

You'll have to locate your water meter. It's usually in a conspicuous location on your property so the water company can come read it when necessary. If you can't find it, call your local water authority. 
The next step is to take two readings. Record the number on your meter, and then wait for a couple of hours without using any water in or outside your house. A different number tells you that water is being wasted somewhere in your home.

Check the Usual Suspects

If you do have a leak, it's time to look at some probable locations. Check all of your fixtures. This includes water heaters and toilet tanks, along with any connections your appliances have to the water lines. 

Dig Deeper

Your leak might be happening outside. Check for areas that never dry out. Wet spots and darkened concrete are the telltale signs of leakage. 
If you've done your sleuthing and you're still stumped, reach out to a professional. You'll need their help sooner or later to fix the problem anyway. Call F and M Plumbing at 626-296-1060 for more information about leaks and how to stop them.