How Do I Know If I Have a Leak?

“A leaky faucet that drips once per second can waste over 3,000 gallons of water per year.” So next time you detect a leak, don’t ignore it. What seems to be a little problem at the time is a tragedy waiting to happen. By finding leaks early and fixing them, not only will you stop a potential disaster, but it will also save you money. Thus, Miller and Sons Plumbing has put together a list of signs, which will help you identify possible leaks.

Spike in the Water Bill

If the amount on your water bill is increasing steadily, but your water-using habits have not changed a bit. Chances are there is a leak somewhere in your home. To be sure, the increase in water bill is not due to a seasonal change, review bills of the same months from the previous year, and compare them. If you find a significant difference, there is a leak and it is time to contact Miller and Sons Plumbing.

Water Meter

The water meter can give leaks right away. To detect leaks with the help of the water meter, you have to close all the taps and stop your dishwasher and washing machine. Once you turn off all water in your home, keep an eye on the water meter. If the meter is still running, even after turning off your house’s entire water, you have a fast-moving leak. And if the numbers on the water meter don’t change immediately, wait for two hours and then recheck it. This time if the meter displays a different reading, there is a slow leak.

Water Usage

The United States Environmental Protection Agency advises people to check their winter water usage to discover water leaks. According to the agency, if a family of four uses 12,000 gallons of water per month, there is a significant leak problem at their home.


Leaks often result in damp spots, and more often than not, these moist spots give rise to foul odor. So if you experience any foul smell no matter how thoroughly you clean your house, you may have a problem in your plumbing system.

Wet Spots

Wet Spots on walls, floors, or ceilings may be the only visible warning sign of a leak. Examine the surface near the bathtubs, toilets, and sinks, if it is discolored, you may have a leaking problem.

Besides focusing on the signs mentioned above, keep an eye on your toilet because toilets are among the most common sources of leaks. For testing your water closet for leaks, put some coloring in the toilet tank, and wait for a few minutes. If the color of your toilet bowl changes, then your toilet is leaking.

Detected a Leak Contact Us ASAP!

Leaks can be anywhere over-ground or underground, which makes detecting the source of a leak or leaks tricky. Therefore, once you notice any of the above signs, please don’t wait for things to worsen, contact us immediately. At Miller and Sons Plumbing, we offer every kind of plumbing services including, general plumbing, installing anti-scald devices, detecting and fixing leaks, and more. 

You can contact us to schedule your leak detection and repair service; we will track your leak down and fix it!

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