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How to Know If You Have an Underground Water Leak

Professional Tips for Spotting a Hidden Pipe Leak

It can be tricky to spot a hidden pipe leak since much of a home’s plumbing is located underground beneath the lawn or its foundation. Underground water pipes can leak for various reasons, including a clogged pipe bursting or tree roots growing into the cracks. 

A hidden pipe leak can cause extensive property damage because it can go unnoticed for a long time. The more time that goes by without repairing the leak, the more water can soak into the soil around the home’s foundation. Over time, the water can soften the foundation and cause structural damage. 

Homeowners should know the signs of a hidden water leak to try and prevent any worsening damage. Once signs of a plumbing leak are noticed, call a plumber as soon as possible to avoid property damage, higher water bills, mold growth, lower water pressure, or a combination of these. 

Signs of a Hidden Water Leak Underground

water billWhen there is a hidden water leak beneath the yard, the homeowner may notice puddles of water forming in the grass. It could also cause the grass in one spot to grow taller than the rest of the grass around it due to getting more water. 

Homeowners might be able to hear running water because of a leak. When nobody is using any plumbing fixtures, the plumbing should be silent. The sound of running water when nobody is using the water indicates there could be a leak somewhere in the pipes. 

As a result of the hidden leak, sink faucets and showerheads may have decreased water pressure. There may also be a noticeable spike in water bills because plumbing leaks waste water, which is bad for the environment and the homeowner's bank accounts. 

Water Line Leak Detection Methods

Calling a plumber is the best way to know with 100% certainty that there is a leak in the waterline. Professional plumbers should also be the ones to locate the leak because they have specialized, noninvasive tools for leak detection.

There are a few different kinds of leak detectors, but most of them pick up on the sound of running water. Professional-grade leak detectors are very efficient at finding the source of the underground water leak. 

One of the easiest ways for the homeowner to check for a hidden water leak is to shut off the home’s main water supply and then observe the water meter. The meter may indicate water is still running somewhere in the plumbing system due to a leak in the waterline. 

Underground Plumbing Water Leak Repair

professionalAfter an underground plumbing leak is noticed, it is best to call a plumber as soon as possible to get the leak repaired fast and prevent further property damage. 

Repairing an underground leak can be difficult, especially if the leak is located in the main water line. The location of an underground plumbing leak could make it difficult to get to without digging up the yard, removing some flooring, or drilling into the home’s foundation. With specialized tools and professional expertise, a skilled plumber may be able to repipe the waterline to avoid disrupting the yard or the home’s foundation.

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