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Angie’s List: How to Spot a Leak

(WGGB) — Have you ever received a water bill at home that seemed unusually high? The reason for such a drastic increase is usually a leak somewhere.

We often don’t think about the plumbing in our homes, until something goes wrong.

A leak, if left untreated or undetected, can lead to serious damage and costly repairs.

“For example, a leak behind a wall could require drywall repair. A small drywall repair job can cost as much as $400, not to mention if you end up with mold,” says Angie Hicks of Angie’s List

You need to check all the pipes around your house on a regular basis and look for signs of leaks.

Hicks adds, “Easy signs of leaks in your house could be the fact that you have stains on your walls, if you have wallpaper that’s buckling, or even a wooden floor that’s buckling, or if you just smell a musty smell, you need to have that investigated.”

A common source of leaks is your toilet. There are a couple of simple ways to check if your toilet is leaking.

If you suspect a leak, lay toilet paper along the base of the toilet and flush it.

“If it’s leaking, you’ll begin to see the water wicking into the tissue paper or if it’s dripping from the tank, it will drip down and hit the toilet paper and you’ll see it,”explains plumbing contractor Justin Dorsey.

Some additional sources for water loss include dripping faucets within the house and a garden hose mistakenly being left open for days.

You should also know where your water shut off valve is located in your home if you do have a leak.


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