One of the surest signs of a leaky pipe is a water bill that suddenly spikes for no obvious reason. What’s worse, a broken pipe can lead to extensive water damage to your home. In this post, we’ll explain how to know when you should run testing for a leak, and how you can do it.


A high water bill doesn’t always mean you have a leak, but a sudden, unexplained spike is a good indicator. Other signs of a potential leak:

  • The constant sound of running water
  • A lingering raw sewage smell
  • Patches on the lawn that seem overwatered
  • Water damage on ceilings or walls


A few simple tests can help you determine for sure if you really have a leak. You can start by checking every plumbing fixture around the house. This includes, toilets, showerheads, and water–using appliances such as your dishwasher or washing machine. It’s typically pretty easy to spot if any of these are leaking. 


The toilet test can be a bit more complicated than a simple faucet or showerhead – that’s because more than one type of leak is possible. Here’s a simple way to test the toilet tank:

  • Remove the lid and listen for a leaking sound.
  • Put some food coloring in the tank and let it sit for about 10 minutes.
  • Check the bowl to see if any of the food coloring is now in the bowl. If so, you have a leak!


Your hot water heater can also be the source of a leak. Check the area around the water heater to make sure it is completely dry. Any water at all is evidence of a leak in the tank!


The most surefire way to know if you have a leak in a pipe is by testing the meter line. 

You start by locating your home’s water meter, which is typically outside. 

Make a note of the number on the dial – and make sure you don’t forget. 

Then turn the water off for a full two hours. 

Go back and check the reading. If it’s the same, you’re safe, but if it’s changed, you have a leak!


Leaks happen. And when they do you can count on Trenchless Replacement Specialists to fix the issue in the most efficient way possible. Ask us about our sewer line repair or replacement methods that require no digging! Make an appointment online or call us today at (432) 580-7693.