A leak in a residential plumbing system can cause a lot of damage. Unfortunately, a lot of plumbing is either hidden in walls or underground, so it can be very hard to determine if there is a leak, and then hard to locate it. Luckily, there are several things that can be done to figure out if you have a leak and then pinpoint where the leak is. Continue reading to learn more about how to detect leaks in your home's plumbing system.

Observe Your Water Bill

One of the most common ways to discover that you have a leak in your plumbing system is abnormalities in your water bill. It is a good idea to carefully review your water bill each month; if you notice a drastic increase in your bill, there is a good chance that you may have a leak somewhere on your property.

Check Your Water Meter

A simple way to determine whether or not you have a leak is by turning to your water meter. All you have to do is turn off all of the faucets and appliances that use water. Then go out to your water meter and write down the number shown. It is then best to leave the house for a couple of hours and then check the water meter again; if the number displayed on the water meter has increased, water is leaking somewhere within your plumbing.

Video Inspection Equipment

Determining that you have a leak is a good first step, but then you need to find out where exactly the leak is located so it can be repaired. For this step, your best bet is to hire an experienced plumber. One method that a plumber may employ for leak detection is the use of video inspection equipment. Video inspection equipment for plumbing includes a small high-definition camera attached to long cables that are quite flexible. A plumber uses video inspection equipment to look inside pipes, the water main, and the sewer main to pinpoint where exactly a leak is so it can be fixed.

Soil Probe

If a plumber suspects that you may have a leak in your sewer main or water main, a soil probe may be used to figure out where exactly the leak is. A soil probe is a tool that is inserted into the ground and allows a plumber to listen for the sounds of pressure changes which indicate where a leak in a pipe is located. 

For more information, contact a company like Five  Star Plumbing