If you have a leak in your plumbing system your first instinct might be to call your local Gilbert plumber for help, which isn’t a bad idea. But you can try to find the leak by yourself first and reduce water damage and water waste before picking up the phone and hiring a Gilbert plumber to fix it.


The first thing you should do is shut off all of your water using appliances such as your sinks, water filtration system, and washing machine. Find your water meter, it is usually in the sidewalk in front of your home. Take the lid off the water meter and have a look at it. The meter will have a leak indicator that will look like a small triangle or a disc. If this indicator is moving then you have a leak, or if you notice your water meter dial moving then you probably have a leak.


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Call a Gilbert plumber if you suspect an underground leak

After you have looked at the water meter, shut off your home’s main water supply. If you aren’t sure where this is, call a Gilbert plumber to help you find it. Go back and check the water meter – if the meter is moving then you have a leak between the meter and your home’s shut off valve. If it isn’t moving then you probably have a leak somewhere in your home. A Gilbert plumber is best suited to find a leak between the meter and your home’s shut off valve, as the leak may be underground.


Consider calling a Gilbert plumber if you can find the leak quickly

If you suspect there’s a leak in your home after these tests there’s a few things you can do to pinpoint it before calling a Gilbert plumber. You can drop a few drops of food dye into your toilet reservoir while your toilet is refilling, and if you see the dye in the toilet bowl then you need to replace the toilet flapper. You might consider calling a Gilbert plumber for help if you can’t find the source of the leak quickly and you are worried about water damage. Keep in mind that you can always shut off your water main until a Gilbert plumber arrives to repair the leak, and this will reduce water damage to your home.

C. Slany Plumbing offers professional, reliable, licensed, insured and bonded plumbing services to all of the East Valley, including Phoenix, AZ, Gilbert, Mesa, Chandler, Queen Creek, Scottsdale and Tempe. We specialize in drains and rooter, water softener and osmosis, leaks and gas.