How To Detect Hidden Water Leaks Throughout Your Home

Welcome to the 2 Bro’s Plumbing Blog! We’re excited to begin this new venture of weekly informative blog posts that will both educate and entertain you. Be sure to regularly check back with this space to get all of the answers to your pressing questions about plumbing. What can I do to prevent leaks before they happen? How can I save on my water bill? Where is my main water valve located?

All of those questions – and a whole lot more – will be answered right here! Let’s get started on answering question number one, shall we? What steps can you take to uncover water leaks in your household?

Be on the lookout for dripping faucets and showerheads.

Don’t underestimate those annoying little drip-drip-drips. What we too often pass off as something that “will stop on its own” are clear cut signs of money-wasting, potential damage-causing water leaks. Remember, of course, that water can build up over time if it’s leaking from any of your pipes. Be sure to inspect each of your fixtures – even when they’re not dripping. If you detect any leaks from your faucets, it’s time to replace the washers or O-rings.

When inspecting your showerheads, be sure to check for any loose connections. You may need some plumber’s tape to stop the leaks. Not only will you be preventing what could lead to a significant rise of your water bill, you’ll also avert a potential household catastrophe. Leaks that go unchecked can create pooling that inevitably invites mould development. Mould is known for causing a myriad of respiratory issues.

Inspect your toilet for silent leaks.

Did you know that your toilet could be silently wasting hundreds of litres of water every day? Give it a good inspection to prevent such an occurrence. The following should be on your to-do list. Listen out for random flushing. Pay attention to any constant trickling sounds. Note if the tank refills on its own. Carefully go through your water bills to look for any spikes in cost.

Another tip for detecting silent leaks involves the help of a little food colouring. Place a few drops in the toilet tank and wait about a half an hour before flushing. If you notice any colour appearing in the toilet bowl, that indicates a leak. It’s possible you have a faulty flapper. The problem may also be a compromised valve seal. Thankfully, these aren’t expensive to replace.

Regularly check under your sinks.

As we mentioned earlier, you want to take steps to avoid the pooling of water in your home. In addition to mould development, pooling water can create a lot of damage to your flooring, furniture and walls. That’s why it’s imperative you check under your sink on a regular basis. We’re talking about the kitchen, bathrooms and laundry room. Do you see any puddles? Does it feel damp? Do you notice any water stains?

It’s also vital that you give the pipes a good once over. Check for any moisture or corrosion. If leaks are detected, it’s important to tighten all connections or replace the parts if the damage is too great.

Get in touch with 2 Bro’s Plumbing!

Since 2015, our proudly family-owned 2 Bro’s Plumbing has been serving Durham Region and its surrounding areas. We only employ knowledgeable, trained plumbers to ensure the quality of our craftsmanship. As well, we offer round-the-clock emergency plumbing services. Please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 905-556-0790 for any and all of your plumbing needs! You may also email us at

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