WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I THINK I HAVE A LEAK OUTSIDE?
Do you think you have a leak or did the water utility company notify you of a leak? Try to find the source and you will save the plumber time and save yourself money.
Locate the Leak
Some water leaks are easy to find because you see or hear them. A greener section of the yard or the sound of a constantly running pump alert you to a leak that is costing you money. Other leaks require a bit of detective work to find.
Does your water bill show you are using more water than normal or notify you of a leak? Let’s look at some common leak locations found outside your home.
Water Meter Line Leak
Temporarily close the shut-off valve to your home and then check the meter by removing the lid and observe the dial on the top. If you don’t see the top, carefully dig around and uncover the top. If the meter is turning, then the leak is between the meter and your home.
Walking between the meter and the shutoff valve, look for signs of a leak. You may see a soft, muddy area or grass that is higher or greener than the rest of the grass. Now it’s time to decide if it’s something you can tackle or if it’s time to call Emory M. Garland Plumbing.
If the water is shut off and the meter is not turning, then the leak is inside your home.
Before You Dig
Danger, physical harm, and financial harm await if you aren’t careful when you dig. Always get a proper locate before digging. If you aren’t sure, contact Emory Garland Plumbing or your local plumber. If you do find the leak and decide to dig it yourself, contact all of your utilities and ask them to mark their utilities on your property.
Outside Water Leaks
Check your taps, hoses, and irrigation system for evidence of a leak.
Outdoor Hose Bib Leaks
Hose bibs are found on the exterior of your home. Your hoses hook to your water pipes with these and they are also known as a threaded faucet.
Once you have located the hose bib, using your longest screwdriver, place the metal tip of the screwdriver directly on the metal part of the hose-bib. Put your thumb knuckle on the top of the screwdriver, and then place your knuckle on the side of your head, immediately in front of your ear. The sound will travel directly to your ear drum and the solid screwdriver should work like a stethoscope. This works for most metal valves.
Listen for any sound coming from the hose-bib. If you hear anything, either mark it with chalk or remember where it is and move on to the next hose bib. If the sound gets louder at any of the other hose-bibs, then the leak is closer to that particular threaded faucet. You may now contact your plumber and save him time and you money.
Swimming Pool Leaks
Pools naturally lose water through evaporation or splash. If you add more than two inches of water to your pool a week, then you should check for an obvious leak. Start by looking at your equipment for extra moisture and then the area around the pool for wet or sunken spots. If you have a vinyl lining, it should not have any tears or separations.
For a more detailed inspection of your pool, read more in this article.
Professional Tampa Plumber Saves You Time and Money
Each of our plumbing experts is tried and tested, with years of proven experience. An on-call Master Plumber stands ready to handle all of your leak detection and repair needs. Emory M Garland Plumbing will get the job done as quickly as possible and right, saving you time, money and aggravation.
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