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12 July 2016

Tips for Detecting Hidden Leaks

Tips for Detecting Hidden Leaks

Just because you don’t see water coming through the ceiling or pooling on the floor, doesn’t mean you don’t have a leak. We’ve encountered a number of instances where homeowners were unaware that they had a leak, and that leak was costing them a small fortune. Read below to find out how you can test for leaks to solve the problem before it turns into a major headache.


  1. Check your water meter. You’ll want turn off all of the water in your home at the main water supply valve before checking. Then go to the meter and see if it changes at all. Even if you don’t notice any changes right away, check back in an hour or two and if it does, you might have a leak outside or even underground.

  2. Put a few drops of food coloring in the toilet tank. This is a great way to check to make sure your toilets are running properly. After you add a few drops to the tank, check the bowl. If you notice that the water is changing color, you have a leak.

  3. Pay attention to your water bill. If you notice that it’s particular high one month, it could be a sign that you have a leak. If you can’t find anything inside the house, remember that some pipes are located underground. How can you check underground? Give the expert plumbers at Three Way Plumbing a call!

  4. Keep in mind that water can travel down pipes and behind walls. If you notice water in a certain area of the home where you know no pipes are present, it could mean the leak is actually originating somewhere else. We’ve seen cases where a leak started in an upstairs bathroom but shows up downstairs in another part of the home.


If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, contact The Good Guys. We will evaluate the situation and troubleshoot commonly occurring problems to find the cause.  If needed, we have hi-tech electronic leak detection equipment that can pinpoint hard to find underground leaks as well as within the slab.
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