How To Check Your Home’s Plumbing

Homeownership is rewarding in so many ways, but dealing with plumbing issues isn’t one of those ways. If you know how to check your home’s plumbing you will be one step ahead of any problems that would otherwise ruin the harmony and pleasure of our sanctuaries and castles.

There are some simple ways to check your home’s plumbing. In general, you want to know that water is flowing where and how it should be and nowhere else, and you want to know there aren’t any strange sounds or occurrences. If you turn on each tap in the home and check each drain for sounds and smells you can get a general idea of how well the home system is working. Are the drains clearing the water quickly? Is the water coming out of the tap, faucet, or showerhead clean and odor-free? Is it coming out with good pressure? These questions can guide you to an overall conclusion about the system inside the home.

What are some signs that your plumbing is bad? 

If your home shows issues with the tests we’ve just discussed, you will want to address those. There are other signs that are important to take note of as well. If you smell offensive odors, hearing knocking sounds or high-pitched whines during or shortly after using a system is a bad sign that should be addressed.  

Some of the most concerning issues a plumbing system can have are leaks, so observing and taking care of those obvious leaks is important, but what if you are concerned about hidden water leaks?

What About Hidden Water Leaks?

Hidden water leaks are the bane of a homeowner’s plumbing systems and so having ways to easily locate them can be helpful. Here are the top 3 ways to find the most common sources of  hidden water leaks

  1. Keep an eye on your home’s water meter. Any unexplained bump in your water bill could indicate extra usage and if you don’t know what that is you will want to be sure to find the leak. If your meter has a leak detector, turn the water off and watch for the indicator to see if the water is still flowing.
  2. Inspect your fixtures, floors, and yard. Do a walk around and look for unexplained water stains, pooling water, mold, water damage inside the house. Out in the yard, you will be looking for suddenly appearing green areas or depressions in the ground, strange mold growth, or standing water that shouldn’t be there. 
  3. Do the ‘toilet test’ – The toilet test can help locate a slow leak from a toilet tank into the bowl. Put some dye in the tank and check for its appearance in the bowl. This is usually an easy fix, it’s generally the flapper breaking down or failing.

Do You Need A Professional Plumber?

How do you test your plumbing system now that you suspect there might be trouble? Or what if you simply want to avoid trouble and know that your home’s plumbing is in good shape? These are very good reasons to hire a highly qualified plumber like us to do a thorough inspection. With a thorough inspection, you can be sure that your plumbing system is good to go and isn’t likely to present you with any headaches in the near future. What a relief that would be. If you are in  Mesa, or the surrounding area, we are here and ready to help. 

Please reach out to us to put your plumbing worries behind you. You can reach us at 480-388-6093 to get a free estimate and you can learn more about us at