3 Surprising Water Leak Sources

3 Surprising Water Leak Sources

Calhoun Plumbing

July 19, 2019

Most water leaks inside your home are quickly or easily identifiable. Visible drips from faucets, the continuous sound of a toilet running, and puddles under sinks and other water sources are very obvious. But did you know that your home can experience water leaks that may not be immediately noticeable? Take a look at these three surprising sources of water leaks in your home.

1. Whole House Humidifiers

A whole-house humidifier can increase your indoor humidly to a more comfortable level. Moist air soothes chapped skin, dry hair, and a scratchy throat you experience if the air is too dry.

Most humidifiers are installed next to and work in tandem with the furnace or HVAC system in your home to distribute moist air throughout your home. Because this system utilizes a continuous supply of water, however, it always has a potential for leaks.

A whole-house humidifier follows the basic concept of water condensation to humidify the air, but several key areas can experience a potential leak in the right circumstances:

  • A blocked water control or solenoid valve responsible for directing the flow of water cannot close completely and water continually flows in.
  • A clogged or kinked drain hose forces backed-up water out the bottom or sides of the unit.
  • A clogged water panel evaporator causes buildup on the scale control insert — another reason the drain lines becomes blocked.
  • Supply lines that lead to the unit develop a leak.

If your humidifier is connected to a sewer drain designed to accept excess water from a leak, you might not notice water waste for several months.

2. Swimming Pools

Often your swimming pool is an overlooked site where water leaks can happen. The sheer size of the in-ground pool surface combined with a huge water volume can make it difficult to immediately notice water loss. However, some signs show your pool might be experiencing some type of water loss:

  • Loose, cracked, or missing tiles and cracked cement around the pool indicate settling from water loss.
  • Saturated ground or visible puddling of the ground around the pool, pool pumps, and other pool equipment.
  • Continuous, consistent problems with pool chemical balances could mean a steady loss of pool water along with its chemicals.

If your pool self-fills, you won’t notice any water loss until you see a spike in your water bill. You can disable this feature and conduct a water bucket test to check true water level changes.

3. Water Supply Lines

Because they are buried underground, water pipes that connect your home to your water meter can be a challenging and very expensive water leak to detect. However, you have a few ways to check if your supply lines have a leak.

First, you can check the point where your water supply enters your home. Look for signs of water damage from leaks such as moisture and visible water stains. Also, watch for soft wood and crumbling stucco or concrete that could indicate the presence of water.

Next, leaking water can run along the line and pool at the lowest end, usually near the meter box. Check inside the meter box itself for standing water as well as damp or soggy ground around it.

Fortunately, any leak that occurs between the water meter on your property and the main water supply at the street is usually the responsibility of the city.

Remember, a couple of drips each minute equal just under 70 gallons a year in water waste. Loss of water can grow expensive if you allow it to persist. If you think you have a water leak, don’t wait. Contact the experts at Calhoun Plumbing to help find the source of your leak and remedy the problem.