How To Discover A Water Leak In An Apartment?

Detecting a water leak early can save money and prevent potential disasters especially during plumbing installation. You can use dyes, leak detectors, and many other methods to detect the leak. But without the correct technique, it’s no use using any method whatsoever, and we can help with this task.

Water Leakage In The Apartment: Who Pays?

Before starting, a common question is who is responsible for repairing leaks in apartments. Let’s explain: in an apartment, there are two types of plumbing: the plumbing that belongs to the apartment itself and the plumbing that belongs to the building, used by all residents. When the leak is in the apartment’s plumbing, the owner is responsible for payment. When you are in the building’s plumbing, the responsibility is the building’s, including possible repairs to walls and parts damaged by infiltration.

Start By Checking Your Water Meter (If Your Apartment Has One)

One of the best ways to tell if you leak somewhere in your plumbing is to check your water meter. To do this, you first have to turn off all water in your home. Turn off all taps and make sure the dishwasher and washing machine are not working. Then watch the meter and see if it starts to change. 

If that happens, you probably leak. If the meter does not change immediately, wait two hours and check again. If it has changed despite all the water being shut off, you may be dealing with a slower leak. The leak can be anywhere after the meter. Remember that all piping after the meter is the responsibility of an owner.

Leak Detection In Apartments

Discovering a leak early helps you avoid disasters with your apartment, such as unwanted flooding or damage to the apartment below.

Monitor Your Water Consumption

This works best for those who have a water meter in their apartment. Check your winter water consumption to find out if a leak is occurring somewhere in your apartment. Check the monthly average and compare, year by year. There is likely a severe leak problem somewhere in your plumbing system if consumption is way above the regular or monthly average.