As a Etobicoke homeowner we run into all kinds of new experiences that we may never have given much thought to until it happens, the dreaded, elusive underground water pipe leak.
The water bill arrives and the consumption is higher than normal. In looking at the bill you realize it’s winter time, your water consumption is down, but the bill says it is up as if its summer when your water consumption is higher. Then it hits you, a water leak! At some point almost all homeowners run into this problem.
There are a few things you can do prior to calling your water department and a Etobicoke plumber.
Make sure no one is using any water, and shut off the ice maker, then go out and look at your water meter. Does your meter have a little flywheel on it; is it or any part of it moving? This is a good indication that there may be a leak. If your meter has several dials on it, take note where the needle is at on each one. Leave the water off for 30 minutes and check back and note where each needle is pointing. If any needle has moved, this is an indication of a leak.
Next check your toilet, is it running? Look in the tank and verify the water is below the over flow value. Put a little food coloring in the tank and let it sit for at least an hour. After an hour check the toilet bowl, is the water colored, if so the tank is leaking into the bowl. That could be the leak.
If its not leaking, check all the faucets and verify they’re not leaking. Check all visible water lines, look under the sinks, the hot water heater, the refrigerator and ice maker line, behind and under the washer, and verify they’re not leaking. Check the outside hose bib faucets and verify they’re not leaking. If you have a crawl space under your house, check and make sure it is dry and no pipes are leaking.
Walk around outside and look for any obvious puddles or pools of water that aren’t usually there. Check for mushy areas.
Now call the water department and explain your water bill shows your consumption is up and a dial on the meter is moving when all the water in the house is turned off. They will then ask if you did all of the above. If they don’t offer to put in a work order to check your meter, ask them to come out and confirm your meter is working correctly and that you really have a leak.
When the water company inspects the meter they will confirm whether it’s working properly and if there is a water leak. They should be able to tell you if it’s a slow leak and safe to wait until the ground is dry before finding and fixing it or if it needs to be repaired immediately.
If your ground is saturated with water or snow from the winter, it may be difficult to find the leak right away. This could cause more problems.
Ask the water company for suggestions on how to find a leak in the underground water pipe. One suggestion they provided is to poke a metal rod into the ground along the underground water line. If the rod is glistening when it comes out of the ground, you may have found the leak. If the rod is just damp its probably surface water.
If you don’t know where you water line is, call a Etobicoke plumber and they will find it and repair it. There are also leak detection companies that can find the leak. Ask the water company for referrals or recommendations. If they can only give the name of a company, check the company out with the Better Business Bureau. When you call the company, ask them for referrals. If they are a reputable business they should be able to provide references.
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