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Sometimes it can be hard to determine the location of a leak in your plumbing. It’s important to find it quickly, though, because minor leaks can turn into major problems if left unrepaired. If your water bill has gone up, your meter is running continuously, or you’re experiencing some problems with mold and mildew, it’s time to hunt for that leak.

  • First, make sure you really have a leak. Move your appliances to see if there’s moisture around or under them, and if that doesn’t pan out, turn off all faucets and fixtures for about eight hours. Mark the needle placement on your water meter with a piece of tape, and after the eight hours, see if the needle has moved. If it has, you definitely have a leak.
  • Look in the bathroom. There are plenty of places that could be leaking in the bathroom. Look under your sink to make sure it’s not the drain, then move on to your shower and tub. Splash water at the closed shower door to see if any escapes, look for loose tiles or gaps in the grout to find a tile leak, and fill the bathtub, plug the drain, and check to see if the water level has dropped after an hour. If you only have a shower and no tub, you’ll need to measure the diameter of the drain and purchase a test plug to check for drain leaks. If neither the shower nor the tub is the cause of the leak, look to the toilet. If there’s moisture or loose tiles around the toilet, or stains on the ceiling below, the problem may be your toilet flange.
  • Check out the kitchen. As with the bathroom, the first place to look is under the sink. Your drain could be leaking, or it could be a problem with the supply line, which you can determine by turning it off and back on again. Take everything out from under the sink so you can thoroughly inspect for moisture. The sink rim might also be leaking, so dribble water around the rim and look in the cabinet underneath to see if any water is coming through.
  • Examine your house from crawlspace to ceiling. Signs of moisture include warped or spongy spots in the flooring, stains on the ceilings or walls, bubbling or peeling paint or wallpaper, or the presence of mold, mildew, or damaged wood. Pay special attention to the water heater: a leaky water heater must be replaced immediately, or it can burst. If you can’t find a leak anywhere in your house, and your meter is still running, it’s a good indication that you have a leak in your main water supply.

If you’ve got a leak, it may be time to call in the professionals at A-1 Sewer and Septic Service. Having served the residents of the Kansas City Metro Area since 1968, we’ve earned a reputation for efficient service at affordable, up-front prices. We’re available on your schedule, and we offer same-day and weekend service at no extra charge. Give us a call at 913-631-5201, or reach us through the Contact Us page on our website.

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