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How to Detect an Underground Leak
The water pipes on your property run underneath your foundation or into your slab, so you stay connected with the city’s water main. When a leak springs up in these pipes, it can take quite some time before you recognize it. Detecting a leak might be hard by yourself, but it will make it that much easier for the professionals to come out and repair it.

The Cause of Underground Water Leakages

The water pipes under your property can fail from erosion caused by soil chemicals or water over time. Holes and cracks let the water leak out and flow into your slab, soil or home.

Earthquakes and other disasters that shift the ground can potentially put too much tension on your water lines—cracking them right away. The water can start to move the soil off from the slab. Your property can then become a dangerous place to live because of health concerns or structural problems.

Underground Water Leak Detection DIY

There are numerous ways to find a leak without special tools. Perhaps the most efficient approach involves using your water meter. Go through your home and shut off all water fixtures. While you’re doing this, check them for any leaks.

Physically examine any available water pipes for damage, corrosion, moisture and sign that could indicate failure. When nothing seems wrong, be sure that your toilets aren’t running. This is when you can go to your water meter and inspect if it is spinning.

You will not be able to tell exactly where a leak is, but you’ve verified its presence for the pros. Go around your home and see if you can hear running water. You might be able to get an overall notion of the problem’s origin.

Review your water bills in order to get a clearer idea of when your pipes broke. An abrupt surge in usage gives you everything you need to determine how long water has been leaking onto your slab or nearby soil. Long-term issues will generally mean higher repair expenses because the water damage can reach into your home or even move the slab.

Think about the overall humidity in your house. Does it seem too humid around your home, like you’re having a steamy shower in each room? Can you find condensation inside your windows or on the walls? A hydrometer, primarily utilized in cigar humidors, can be a cheap method to review these levels. You’ll normally want 35-50% humidity.

Mildew and mold can spread on ceilings, walls, baseboards and similar place around your home that are impacted by the water. Cracks on your ceilings and walls can mean your slab has shifted because of the soil movement from the leak. Another telltale sign something’s wrong is water stains—though these can be symptoms of other kinds of damage as well.