How to Detect Plumbing Problems That Commonly Cause Water Damage

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The most common plumbing issue that causes water damage in your home is leaking. Because water pipes are often located inside walls it is possible that a leak can happen and continue for months, or even years without it being detected.

This is a serious issue as leaks cause wet rot which can weaken the structure of your home. The good news is that it is possible to detect them, you simply need to know the right approach.

Confirming The Leak

If you think you have a leak then you will want to confirm it as quickly as possible. The simplest way to do this is to turn off all water appliances and stop using the water. Take a meter reading and then take another one an hour or two later. The meter should have the same reading, if it doesn’t, you have a leak.

Location of The Leak

If you have ever considered Submersible pumps you will know that they are generally fitted into the lowest point of the house and come on automatically when water is detected. They pump the water out of your home and prevent it from getting flooded.

If the pump is switching on it either has a fault or there is a leak and it is eliminating the water periodically. If that’s the case you may be able to follow the moisture trail to help narrow down the search area.

It is also worth looking at the walls, floors, and ceilings of your home. Leaks will create damp patches and are likely to encourage the growth of mold, which is hazardous to your health. If you see this then you are getting close to the source of the leak.


Joins are the most common leaking points in any plumbing system. You should be able to visually inspect all the joints in your plumbing system as they are not usually hidden behind the walls.

If the pipes are wet or copper pipes are turning green then water is present. You will be able to place a bowl in the location to help confirm the leak is real.


F the joints seem to be okay then the next most likely spot is one of your appliances, such as a water heater or even your washing machine. Inspect them carefully for any signs of a leak. Don’t forget to do this with the appliance on, and off. It can help you to spot a leak.

Get Professional Help

If you are unable to locate a leak but are sure you have one then you are going to need professional help. They have leak detection tools and years of experience which will help them to find the leak in your home.

Invariably, if you can’t see it, the leak is inside the walls and it’s going to cause some mess to fix. Sadly, it is essential to preserve your home and your health. Of course, using a professional will help to ensure everything is restored properly.

Bella Duckworth

Bella Duckworth

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