How Can I Tell If I Have An Underground Leak?

As a homeowner, there’s only so much you can do when it comes to your home's plumbing.

When it comes to things like underground and hard-to-access pipes, there’s not much you can do to inspect and service them yourself.

However, there are a few warning signs to look out for if you fear there’s a leak in one of these pipes.

Common Warning Signs of Undergroud Pipe Leaks

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1) Your Water Bills Are Unusually High

With underground plumbing pipes, it’s not like you can check them whenever you so please. However, the first time you might notice that something is wrong is when you go to pay the monthly water bill.

If you notice the bill has increased to an unusually new high (without any change in water usage habits), this could be a warning sign of an underground leak. Your best bet is to contact your local plumber to have them inspect your entire plumbing system to find the root of the problem.

2) Plumbing Fixtures Are Constantly Backing Up

Does your home exhibit any of the following plumbing problems?

  • Having your toilets clog without overusing toilet paper or flushing unwanted items
  • Standing in ankle-deep water in the shower
  • Having other plumbing fixtures gurgle when appliances like dishwashers and washing machines drain after their cycles

If you answered yes to any of the following, your sewer line has a good chance of being clogged. Backups within main sewer lines can eventually cause leaks at its joints, fittings, and any weak areas that have corrosion.

Your sewer line could also be clogged with tree roots. These tree roots enter your sewer line via small leaks that eventually balloon to even bigger problems.

3) Sudden Decrease in Water Pressure

Has the water pressure in your home seemed underwhelming in recent weeks? When a water pipe is compromised by a leak, the pressure within that pipe can drastically decrease. As a result, you’ll notice this water pressure decrease with every plumbing fixture and appliance.

Contacting your local plumber will allow you to find and address the leak. Even once a leak has been repaired, you can talk in further detail about installing a water pressure regulator. This device will allow you to have full control of your home’s water pressure and adjust it to your liking.

Not all plumbing leaks are going to be as obvious as infomercials and cartoons make them out to be!

So when you fear you may have a leak somewhere in your plumbing system, be sure to give us a call before any more damage is done to your home!