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Did you know that 10% of homes in Springfield, IL, and around the country have leaks that waste more than 90 gallons of water daily? Fixing obvious leaks like dripping faucets or worn toilet flappers as soon as you notice them can shave 10% off your water bill. Unfortunately, it’s the undetected leaks that can cause the most damage. Here are the signs that indicate it’s time to schedule professional leak detection services.

Increased Water Usage

Start your search for hidden water leaks with an examination of your water bill. Is there an unexplained rise in water costs? If so, it’s time to check the water meter. Choose a two-hour period when no water is in use. Jot down the numbers on the rotary dial before and after. If the reading changes at all, chances are there’s an undetected leak somewhere in the system.

Landscaping Changes

Hidden leaks often occur in the piping that leads from the main water line into your home. Take a tour of your garden and look for these changes:

  • Persistent wet spots, ponds, or puddles
  • Dead or dying plantings in irrigated areas
  • Organic growth in unexpected places
  • Shifts in the soil or drops in the grading
  • Cracks or signs of movement in paved areas
  • Mysterious sink holes or potholes

Inside Your Home

Water stains on the ceiling are a clear indication that something’s amiss with your plumbing system. Whether it’s the faint sound of water running or spots on the floor that stay warm to the touch, other signs aren’t as apparent. A significant drop in water pressure or flow volume can also indicate a leak.

Taking action at the first sign of a problem is the best way to minimize the damage caused by hidden leaks. At HRI Plumbing, our professional plumbers are readily available to assist you. To learn more, check out our leak detection services or call us today.

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